Not enough Woodpeckers

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It is hard to imagine any birder not liking woodpeckers – they are the “motherhood and apple pie” of the avian world. The Bearded Woodpecker (Mkuze, South Africa) does not really look any more bearded than many other woodpeckers.

Searching for a White-backed Woodpecker

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The White-backed Woodpecker is the hardest resident woodpecker to find in Europe. White-backed Woodpecker was one of the major target birds of the Bükk Hills portion of the trip to Hungary and though I would probably have preferred seeing what I now believe to be the mythical Black Woodpecker , the White-backed Woodpecker was a nice consolation prize. So how did I manage to lay eyes on the most difficult-to-see European woodpecker?

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.

A First Christmas Bird Count Experience

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / A First Christmas Bird Count Experience A First Christmas Bird Count Experience By Corey • March 2, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share Laura Wright has written an excellent article for onearth about her first Christmas Bird Count , which was the 61st iteration of the count in Troy, New York.

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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Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Most Wanted Birds in Brazil Most Wanted Birds in Brazil By Corey • March 12, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Brazil is an amazing country loaded with a huge number of species of bird that birders the world over desperately want to experience.

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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Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them in Serbia

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Old beech forests are inhabited by Grey-headed Woodpecker , Eurasian Green Woodpecker , Black Woodpecker , White-backed Woodpecker (rare), Stock Dove (uncommon), Collared Flycatcher , Red-breasted Flycatcher (rare), Marsh Tit and Coal Tit.

Trinidad’s Coastal Forest

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The confluence of these two elements gives rise to a unique experience with a distinctive aesthetic. Tanagers, flycatchers, woodcreepers, woodpeckers, cuckoos – the seeker is guaranteed to be rewarded. Crimson-crested Woodpecker.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2021)

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Anyway, how far do you really need to go when Red-bellied Woodpeckers hang out at your feeder mere feet from a picture window? If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

A Reliable Birding Proverb

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White-bearded Manakins , Golden-olive Woodpeckers and Green Honeycreepers all came in pairs to feed on the fruit, the woodpeckers also prodding the soft, moss-laden bark for any other available morsels. A male Golden-olive Woodpecker was never far from his partner.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of February 2020)

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Of those he did see, he most enjoyed the flyover Pileated Woodpecker in his hometown, a treat for a resident of New York City, and Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2020)

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He saw a bunch of birds but his favorite was the Red-headed Woodpecker that has been hanging out at the corner of Abington and Audley Streets in Queens for a month now. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Island Swap

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Many birds love the flowers, such as this Red-crowned Woodpecker. Antwrens are furtive residents of deep forest on Trinidad, but on Tobago one can experience a pair of White-fringed Antwrens seemingly around every bend, whether it is scrub, dry forest, or rainforest.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2019)

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My only taste was eating a quick sandwich in a park, during which time I observed the behavior of an impeccably plumaged Hairy Woodpecker. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. As I anticipated, this past weekend offered a dazzling range of temperatures guaranteed to remind a person of every season in turn. But did that impact or improve bird visibility? I wish I knew.

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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. In my experience, it seems to sing more during the spring months and this of course is a great help in locating this unobtrusive bird.

Birding the humid subtropical Europe

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Then there was a Syrian Woodpecker , practically a species of almond orchards and open savannas, as well as the ubiquitous Common Kestrel , Common Magpies and Hooded Crows.

Birding the Drakensberg, South Africa

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For some reason that is hard for me to fathom, there is no such bird as a Cape Woodpecker. While the idea of a Ground Woodpecker sounds a bit absurd, it helps to know that this species mostly lives on ants, similar to the Wryneck (another woodpecker, though it does not look much like one).

In Defense of Bad Photos

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But previous experience with Ejido Triquillo taught me that another species might turn up during the spring. And a Hairy Woodpecker and Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo , also FOYs, insisted on giving me good photos.

The Royal Mile: Birding Fit For a King

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If you are into amazing avian-dense trail experiences, you either want to bird Pipeline Road or want to bird it again. But this type of singular experience can be enjoyed in the Old World as well.

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More Birds Than Bullets: a book review

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He found some solace when, at age eleven, he became entranced with birds – specifically, with a Green Woodpecker — and that sighting, he says, “took me to another, safer world.” .

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

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In the next year I visited the British Birdfair for the first time, which turned out to be the experience that changed my life. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

Forest Bathing

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During a two-year long moratorium on hunting in T&T, I had some of the most incredible birding experiences. That corner was particularly fruitful as always, we even had appearances by a Cocoa Woodcreeper and a Chestnut Woodpecker.

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Swarovski Skills Camp, or men and their toys

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I am still tired from the long drive, but it was great to play with the very best toys for birders, to be able to share experiences and to ask the factory staff all sorts of silly questions.

New Birding Site in Costa Rica: Snowcaps, Raptors and More!

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If you do happen to see one way up there in the canopy, since it’s more like watching a dark bug flying around than admiring the shifting colors of a dark velvet chocolate hummingbird, the Snowcap experience deserves to be enjoyed at ground level. Snowcaps are simply surreal.

Some Ingenuity Can Go a Long Way

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Among birds the Egyptian Vulture uses rocks to crack Ostrich eggs, the New Caledonian Crow and Woodpecker Finch (one of several Darwin Finches of the Galapagos Islands), uses sticks to extract grubs from inside a branch. I find fascinating the fact that Egyptian Vultures , New Caledonian Crows and Woodpecker Finches learned to use a tool with tremendous success. Further support for inherent behavior comes from experiments. Woodpecker Finch using a tool.

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My Subtropical Bird Garden

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Every other year or so, we experience the lightest of frosts, nothing killing, and our warmest temperatures (in the 80s and 90s) occur in late spring. Golden-fronted Woodpeckers apparently like blackberries, too. Those who follow my posts know by now that I love gardening.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2012)

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Or join in… Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was, what else, his first Red-headed Woodpecker in Queens ! Choosing among the hawks, eagles, and owls at the raptor residence (alas no rehab for these irreparably injured birds of prey) and the active late winter species in the park seemed impossible, until an impressive Pileated Woodpecker put on a powerful display of excavatory activity. Woodpeckers FTW! Change is in the air, isn’t it?

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Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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Babita Tours has many years of experience organizing tailor-made wildlife tours for private groups in this wonderful country. We travel from Delhi via Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, a truly magical experience with the added bonus of Black-winged Stilts and River Lapwings on the Yamuna River.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2016)

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Corey could have chosen his first Pine Siskins of the year in New York, a Red-headed Woodpecker , a late Osprey , or a Vesper Sparrow as his Best Bird of the Weekend this weekend. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Little things, you may have heard, mean a lot. Montgomery wrote that it’s dreadful what little things lead people to misunderstand each other.

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Worth Protecting

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In my experience, they are never an easy find; and I had never before seen so many of them, or so close to urban Morelia. I didn’t get a photo, but these two Acorn Woodpeckers helped soften the blow when they posed for me.

Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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These birds also invite one to sites that are unique within the United States – the climate, vegetation, and landscapes all add context and heighten the experience of seeing one’s first Elegant Trogon or Painted Bunting.

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Beljarica Backwaters: Some good news announced (but not yet official)

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Now, I have mixed feelings: cautious and by experience mistrustful, but happy. I am not used to good news, and am suspicious of them. What could be the big picture here, my suspicious mind keeps asking? But let me go back – you do not know the news!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2015)

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But Corey also hit up the Forest Park bird feeders with his family Saturday afternoon and Desi, his five-year-old, was so taken with a Red-bellied Woodpecker (the one above) that Corey had to choose it as his favorite bird of the weekend too. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Nearly everywhere in the world, birds are on the wing, not just traveling to and from their daily haunts but returning to their ancestral circuit.

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Collaborative List ? May 2020

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These are included as part of the summary and are maintained in the list, despite objections by some purists, to give the full, rich experience as enjoyed by your lucky, lucky beats. Hoffmann’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii). Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2016)

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I saw lots of different kinds of woodpeckers this weekend, but that big, honking Pileated always wins out over the others for Best Bird honors. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. At least one weekend a year, bats–particularly the vampiric kind–command more attention than birds, at least from most people. Nature lovers, on the other hand, find time for wildlife watching every weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2017)

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My best sighting was a Hairy Woodpecker puffed up to fight the cold. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Your first weekend of spring or fall may have been uneventful in terms of birds, but pace yourself. We still have months of blissful migration ahead of us! Rochester is still wintry, but bird activity among the common species has picked up quite a bit.

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Quality Lowland Caribbean Birding in Costa Rica at Centro Manu

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Where a birder goes in the Caribbean determines which birds are seen including toy-like todies, Carib hummingbirds, cool pigeons, quail-doves, unique avian families and outrageous woodpeckers. It probably also experiences some of the River of Raptor action Costa Rica is blessed with.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2019)

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Frigid temps and icy conditions couldn’t keep me from chasing down at least one of the Red-Headed Woodpeckers hanging around Durand Eastman Park. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. We’re still driving towards the depths of winter here in New York, but I just noticed that our days are getting longer. Spring migration will be here before you know it, right?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2016)

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Pileated Woodpeckers take BBOTW honors quite often around here, but who can resist the captivating sight of an adult teaching two big, gangly juveniles the finer points of extracting nutrients from decaying logs? If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Mid-June has so much to offer in the temperate zones, with breeders in one half of the world and migrants in the other.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2016)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was either of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that he saw at the Ramshorn Livingston Sanctuary in Catskill, New York, while he was on a walk with his family. They came close enough that even six-year-old Desi could pick them out and such big woodpeckers are always a contender for Best Bird of the Weekend when they are seen well! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2015)

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I didn’t get too far afield this weekend, but enjoyed the impact adding a nut blend to my feeder has had: Red-bellied Woodpeckers look huge next to the usual sparrows, finches, and chickadees! If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Don’t mourn the passing of the summer season just yet.

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