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The Red-bellied Woodpecker is bigger than a Cardinal but smaller than a Blue Jay, yet it manages to bump most other birds off when it comes to our bird feeder.

It has an undulating flight, much like a roller coaster wave, which makes it hard to photograph. I’ve been trying to catch it in my viewfinder as it jumps off an oak branch and dives toward the bird feeder. However, it always comes below my line of sight before coming to a stop in the back of the feeder. After many tries, I was able to more or less capture it in flight in the following photos.

Cardinal flees as Red-bellied Woodpecker swoops in

Female Cardinal fled as Red-bellied Woodpecker swept in

Two Titmice got out of the way as Red-bellied Woodpecker appears

Two Titmice got out of the way as Red-bellied Woodpecker appeared

Downy Woodpecker and Chickadee about to escape as Red-bellied Woodpecker landed on bird feeder

Downy Woodpecker and Chickadee about to escape as Red-bellied Woodpecker was coming close

Downy Woodpecker and Chickadee Scattered

Downy Woodpecker and Chickadee Scattered

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