Although they have the classic woodpecker beaks and stiff tails, they run around lawns and hunt grubs and worms. To me they always look awkward on the ground and can’t run as well as a robin
In the next picture you can see its stiff woodpecker tail and claws that can still hang vertically on trees.
Here, by comparison, is a more conventional woodpecker, although not one I have seen around here ever before. It is a red-bellied woodpecker which is an odd name for a woodpecker that does not have a red belly. We are at the extreme northern edge of its range but after this year’s extremely prolonged cold, it might be regretting moving up here.
This woodpecker came to find some food in the slowly softening soil in our garden. It normally lives just across the river, a couple of hundred meters from the house and makes square holes in trees. But we were happy to see it “in person” as well as hearing the very loud drilling (much faster than the hairy and downy woodpeckers we see at the feeder).
The blurred streaks are out-of-focus plant stems between me and bird.