Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year Woodpeckers

Two woodpeckers that I had not seen much of during December 2018 obligingly put appearances in to our feeder to be counted on our year bird-list on 2 Jan 2019. I have occasionally heard the Red-bellied Woodpecker this winter, but this visit was his first to the feeder. Erika maintains this woodpecker is poorly named, although its belly does have a reddish stain. The Pileated Woodpecker in the bottom image foraged much further away. The bird pounded on its tree trunk perch, stopping occasionally to preen. Pileated Woodpeckers are not unusual in our woodland, and the surprise is how infrequently I have recorded them this winter.

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