Lewis’s Woodpeckers Are Back

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Lewis’s Woodpecker ( Melanerpes lewis ) In Flight, photos by Larry Jordan Driving home from work last week I finally saw my first Lewis’s Woodpecker ( Melanerpes lewis ) of the fall. Lucky for me, these beautiful and unusual woodpeckers can be found nearly year round in the oak savannah along the road I travel daily. I say they are unusual woodpeckers because they spend the majority of their foraging time fly catching, usually making them very easy to spot.

The Woodpeckers of New York City

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Disbelief probably seems like the proper response to the idea that there are woodpeckers in New York City. After all, woodpeckers peck on trees, not skyscrapers. But even birders might be surprised to learn that eight species of woodpecker have graced New York City’s five boroughs with their presence! What are these woodpeckers and where is one likely to find them? Downy Woodpeckers have a solid red spot. Birds features New York City woodpeckers

Acorn Woodpeckers: The Clowns of the Avian World

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Why would I call these beautiful woodpeckers the “clowns of the avian world?” ” Besides the facial features of the Acorn Woodpecker ( Melanerpes formicivorus ) appearing somewhat clown-like, they are a joy to watch and some of their antics are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. You can get a brief look into their comical behavior from this video showing two females at my woodpecker feeder. Birds Acorn Woodpecker West Coast woodpeckers

How to see a Black Woodpecker in Germany

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Black Woodpeckers are usually easy to find in Germany. However, even in the age of alternative facts, there is no denying it: Here in Germany, Black Woodpeckers are no big deal. As you can see, unless you are in the immediate vicinity of the North Sea shore, you are very likely within a few miles’ reach of Black Woodpeckers. So, to sum it up, the basic step for finding Black Woodpeckers here in Germany is: Enter a forest.

Breeding Bird Count on Poas Volcano

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In Costa Rica, June is breeding bird count season. As one might expect with a breeding bird count, it also gives me an idea of which birds are where, and whether or not other species are still around (side benefits for guiding on that same route as well as future Big Days). Those ones were Spot-crowned Woodcreeper, Streak-breasted Treehunter , Hairy Woodpecker (yep, a local variety lives there!), Destinations breeding bird Costa Rica

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Is That A Crazy Woodpecker Trying To Eat Your House?

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Short answer: The woodpecker is most likely not crazy and noshing on the house is not what the woodpecker has in mind. Woodpeckers could be pecking on homes for a variety of reasons, all of which can drive a non birder a bit batty. So, why do woodpeckers peck on human made structures? Reason 1: Territory This is the time of year when a variety of birds are setting up breeding territories. Birds woodpeckers

Lewis's Woodpecker in New York State

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Trips / Lewis’s Woodpecker in New York State Lewis’s Woodpecker in New York State By Corey • March 22, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share Way back on 30 October of last year a Lewis’s Woodpecker was seen coming to a backyard bird feeder in Ontario County, New York, and was quickly identified.

The Wryneck: Biology, Behaviour, Conservation and Symbolism of Jynx torquilla: A Book Review

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The Eurasian Wryneck is the woodpecker that doesn’t look like a woodpecker, the bird with the portmanteau name that is also a medical condition (and which may remind some people of a Nora Ephron essay). Gerard Gorman is a prolific writer on woodpeckers and related topics.

The most important book about European birds in this century

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The adventure of the second European Breeding Bird Atlas, or EBBA2, was the topic of one of my first posts here at 10,000 Birds: In a warm Catalonian March, Barcelona is filled with sunlight and full of Rose-ringed and Monk Parakeets.

Arrowood Farm Brewery: Starling Brett Farmhouse Ale

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Starlings, they’ll dutifully explain, are ruthless invasives that have been responsible for the serious declines of several beloved native species, like the Red-headed Woodpecker ( Melanerpes erythrocephalus ) and the Eastern Bluebird ( Sialia sialis ).

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Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage Ring-billed Gulls in Breeding Plumage By Corey • March 8, 2011 • 3 comments Tweet Share It should come as no surprise to readers of 10,000 Birds that I do not love gulls. … Tags: Breeding plumage , gulls • Have you seen the cool 10,000 Birds t-shirts?

Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide–A Review

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Picidae, Woodpecker, is one of those charismatic bird families that everybody gets excited about. Unless the woodpecker is drumming a hole into your garage, and then, well, it’s a different kind of excitement.) So, it is strange that while books have been written about owls and hawks, and the semi-charismatic seabirds and shorebirds, there have been few books written about woodpeckers. Gorman is the perfect woodpecker author. Reviews book review woodpeckers

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Our Audubon Chapter Campout at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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According to their website , Lassen Volcanic National Park provides habitat for approximately 216 species of birds in which 96 have been known to actually breed in the park. Of course, LVNP has a great variety of woodpeckers on their bird list , eight of them known to nest in the area, including the White-headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus. We will hopefully see the rare Black-backed Woodpecker ( Picoides arcticus ) as well.

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Computer-modelled Range Maps

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There are 240+ breeding birds in Serbia, but the colonial breeders and raptors were treated separately, and for a few dozen uncommon species there wasn’t enough data for computer modeling software. E.g., based on so much in-city data, the software recognized town and villages as the primary habitat for the Great Spotted Woodpecker , supposedly far commoner in urban areas (centre of the map, cover photo) than in forests.

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St. Michael’s summer birding along the Danube in Serbia

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In two months they will depart for valleys, leaving the bare branches bare of birds, too – apart from woodpeckers – but for now they are in the forest. A sudden flight of a forest ghost, the Black Woodpecker goes from one side of the gully to another. It is the largest woodpecker in Europe (to describe its size, I’ll tell you that Goldeneyes breed in the holes this pecker makes). Black Woodpecker , photo Heinonlein/Wikimedia Commons.

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Birding Flagstaff: A Green Detour

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Lewis’s Woodpecker, flycatcher or woodpecker? Perhaps the main target for any birder visiting in the summer is the uniquely beautiful Lewis’s Woodpecker , the most bizarre woodpecker species I have yet to encounter. The birds never called while I watched, unlike the noisy Acorn Woodpeckers nearby — an unusually quiet woodpecker species. A poor photo of a great bird, American Three-toed Woodpecker!

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Life in a high desert oasis

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This just happens to be the exact combination that provides for many species of birds, including the exceptional Acorn Woodpeckers , Melanerpes formicivorus, subspecies M. This unusual subspecies of Acorn Woodpeckers is the only known Acorn Woodpecker to have a completely black eye. Acorn Woodpeckers are very social, working together on food storage, as well as care of the young. The first was five beautiful Lazuli Buntings , all in their bright breeding plumage.

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Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds

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Brown Pelicans , and the northernmost Brown Booby breeding colony on this side of the Pacific. Ringer Gannets and Boobies (Sulidae) Black-and-white gannets breed on the cold, rocky coasts of the northern and southern oceans.

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Backyard Birdfeeder Bragging Rights, a Great Adventure for a Great Twitch, and More: This Week in Birding News

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Breeding bird surveys appears to show the resplendent Allen’s Hummingbird (like Corey’s capture, above) in decline—but not in Southern California, where examination of eBird data reveals that members of a residential population appear to be faring much better than their migrating brethren. (To Project FeederWatch data prove that woodpeckers are at the top of the backyard bird feeder pecking order.

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Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

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There are two species in the Old World woodpecker genus that sounds like birds that birders would never be able to see. ” Jynx torquilla , the Eurasian Wryneck , and Jynx ruficollis , the Red-throated Wryneck , are both atypical woodpeckers in that they lack the stiff tail for perching on tree trunks and the strong bill that would let them get at prey in hard wood. Neither even makes their own nesting cavities; they use the abandoned holes of other woodpeckers.

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Swampcrawler

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This year, though, the birds have seemed to be venturing much closer to the road than usual, and some birders have been lucky enough to spot what is easily the most difficult (I will broker no argument) of the local breeding birds to get a look at, some even coming away with passable, even if hardly Nat Geo quality, photos. Oh well, by this point the resident Red-headed Woodpeckers had risen, and decided to take this Osprey invasion into their own hands.

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Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them in Serbia

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Above them, on limestone cliffs, Alpine Swift and Crag Martin breed. The weather has already improved, and in 23 days the spring will be back. With longer and warmer days, we feel the urge to bird in the country, away from our local city patches.

December birding in Belgrade

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Woodpeckers and finches The top of the city would be the highest peak of the Avala Mountain Reserve (511 m / 1700 ft above sea level), with the Memorial to the Unknown Hero and overgrown with firs and pines. In Belgrade, Serbia, winter months offer surprisingly good birding possibilities.

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Birding Singapore

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However, unfortunately, this seems to be mainly true for Laced Woodpecker (female) … … and Greater Flameback (female). Seeing a Rufous Woodpecker for the first time, I thought it looked kind of weird.

Keeping Cool in Tierra Caliente, part 2

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But the Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (in this case, a female) is a strictly Hot Country species, replaced by the closely-related Golden-fronted Woodpecker up where we live. And breeding season allows me to notice certain details that I might miss during the rest of the year.

Big Day on a Tiny Island

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Red-rumped Woodpeckers are the least encountered of the three woodpecker species found on Tobago, and this was only the second time I was able to photograph them properly. Part of the flock of Laughing Gulls , all in fresh breeding plumage.

The Antics of Pewees in Costa Rica

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Some names are clearly descriptive and thus make one feel good about saying them; woodpecker and grosbeak come to mind. They won’t build a nest or look for a mate but other than that, their behavior in Costa Rica is pretty similar to that of their breeding grounds.

Upside-down January

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Photo Una.World/rs The next patch to visit was the Reva Pond, farther down the Danube, to find the Black Woodpecker , 3 WT Eagles and a Eurasian Otter walking on ice, from one hole to another, diving for a short while and continuing farther.

Highly recommended – Europe’s Birds: An Identification Guide

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When a species has simple division between breeding and wintering range it may be sufficient, but in many cases the European range of a certain species is nowhere that simple, making many maps appearing too small and a bit hard to read.

Birding and Wildlife photography at Limneo Lodge, Kerkini Lake, Greece

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Other important breeding species include Black and White Stork , Lesser Spotted , White-tailed , and Booted Eagle. Also Dalmatian and Great White Pelicans are resident species, breeding successfully on artificial platforms (close to 300 pairs).

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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Breeding only above treeline on windswept and desolate rock faces (or equally austere habitats on the Aleutians), the three American rosy-finches (Gray-crowned, Black, and Brown-capped) are extreme environment specialists that are endemic to North America.

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Summer Birding at Conboy Lake NWR

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Adams, the refuge is one of the few breeding locations for Sandhill Cranes in Washington. The refuge now supports most of the nesting Sandhills in Washington, with around 25 breeding pairs. There were several conspicuous groups of Hairy Woodpeckers, including this female.

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Birding the Bear Mountain of Serbia

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I can hear a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling. In those few days in the park, I observed about 35 birds, including European Honey Buzzard , Grey-headed Woodpecker and the numerous Mistle Thrushes and Eurasian Bullfinches , and half a dozen mammals, European Pine Marten among them.

The 20 best birds of Belgrade and where to find them

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You could add Middle Spotted and Grey-headed Woodpeckers to the list. Cranes breed in very small numbers in UK but are always impressive en masse. And also Golden Oriole because of its good looks, even though the UK has one tiny breeding site.”. Black Storks migrate along and breed in the Danube flood zone. White-tailed Eagle breeds along large rivers, wherever water mingles with forest. Middle Spotted Woodpecker is a species of well-developed forests.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 1/3: the largest sand dune system of Europe

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When to go: breeding and migration seasons (April to June and late August to mid-September).

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Nanhui, Shanghai in early spring 2020

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Others have wintered here and are now in the process of leaving for the summer, such as the Black-faced Spoonbill – already in breeding plumage so as to not waste any time once arriving in Northern China.

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Birding the humid subtropical Europe

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For the majority of species – unless they have a second brood or live higher up in the mountains – by the end of June the breeding season is over and very few birds still sing or bother to defend a territory.

Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 3/3: along the eastern edge of the reserve

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When to visit: best during winter and migration season, but also breeding season. When to visit: best in breeding and migration seasons (April to June and late August-September). Stevanove Ravnice ( cover photo ) and the flooded mouth of the Karas River, Labudovo okno.

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In Defense of Bad Photos

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The Olive-sided Flycatcher breeds in Canada and the western United States, and winters mostly in northern South America. And a Hairy Woodpecker and Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo , also FOYs, insisted on giving me good photos.

Birding around Xining, Qinghai

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For some reason, the HBW specifically mentions that this species also breeds in a city park in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. A Grey-headed Woodpecker lives nearby. He says the sound of the stream keeps him calm when woodpecker life starts getting stressful.

Serbia – birding overview of a year in the Central Balkans

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Depending on your particular interest, opt for March/April (spring migration), May/June (breeding season), August to October (autumn migration), or November/December when waterbird migration reaches its peak. Breeding season May – June , 261 eBirded species (yet, only about 242 breed in the country). There are only about dozen places where Alpine Swifts breed, but downtown Belgrade is one of them since this spring.

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Swarovski Skills Camp, or men and their toys

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The Lake Neusiedl National Park is Europe’s westernmost steppe lake and an important breeding and wintering area, as well as a migratory stopover site. Yesterday evening I got home from the second Swarovski Skills Camp at Lake Neusiedl in the east of Austria.

Birding without a phone

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A bulge in a tree fork behind, likely a broken branch… no, it’s a Black Woodpecker. published in the US as “Birds of Europe”), shows only a male in breeding plumage. If you are old enough, you will remember birding without a phone? Not too long ago, it was the norm.

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