Finally, we see some woodpeckers at the feeder. Pretty exciting around here. Had my father running to the window all morning. The red-bellied woodpecker is the one with the tight black and white pattern across its back. The name of these birds does not seem to make sense. They have bright red heads that you notice first. However, there is a pickish hue on their bellies and that is where the name seems to come from. At first glance, red-bellied woodpeckers can look very similar to northern flickers. If you look closer though, the red-bellied doesn't have the flicker's black throat scarf or the velvety gray on its head. The other woodpecker in our pictures appears to be a downy woodpecker. Telling the difference between a downy and a hairy woodpecker is not easy though. This one seemed to have the bill of a downy - narrow and like a thorn. We saw this on the same day as the red-bellied and then again a few days after. The oldest known red-bellied lived more than 12 years, while the oldest known downy lived over 11.