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How does your life compare to that of a Red-bellied Woodpecker?

I watch red bellied woodpeckers at my feeder, and in the woods working away at a tree, & wonder how much damage their brain suffers with all that banging? Sometimes when I am having a bad day, I try to remind myself that things could be worse- I could be a woodpecker banging my head against a tree, or I could be a red tailed hawk sitting in a tree at the edge of a field in a snowstorm- Bill K


We occasionally see woodpeckers in our yard, including the Red-bellied Woodpecer.

Click on the above link for a great profile of the bird from our local Wild Birds Unlimited Store.

They can peck about 15 times in a single second and that adds up to 12,000 pecks a day.

Do they get brain damage? The post answers that.