Red-bellied Woodpecker

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“Wait, why is this bird called ‘ Red-bellied Woodpecker ?'” So there’s a bunch of other woodpeckers named red-naped, red-cowled, red-shawled, that kind of thing? Other woodpeckers don’t have red bellies at all?”. “No, Lewis’s Woodpecker. “So … The post Red-bellied Woodpecker appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birds Bird Renaming Week Red-bellied Woodpecker woodpeckers

Great Spotted Woodpeckers and European Green Woodpeckers

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On our trip to the UK a few weeks ago we were privileged to encounter both the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the European Green Woodpecker once again, but this year we had much closer observations and we were able to photograph the birds. Our first encounter with a Great Spotted Woodpecker was just after we arrived in the UK and made a day trip to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster on September 30th. Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Hairy Woodpecker

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I was rather surprised to find that the 10,000 Clicks section of 10,000 Birds does not have a Hairy Woodpecker gallery. Surely this is a terrible oversight on someone’s part and may I say that the Downy Woodpecker post is also up for grabs. Hairy Woodpecker. I got lucky in Central Park at the end of January as this individual Hairy Woodpecker crossed the path in front of me and settled on a rotted stump close by. Downy Woodpecker with smaller bill.

Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers in Singapore

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The Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker – Yungipicus moluccensis is a tiny bird measuring only around 12-13cm and we observed it in parks, gardens and mangrove areas. Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers could easily nip around the back of a tree trunk and be obscured, but I was able to capture some photos of this tiny bird. The photo above is of a Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker nest in a trunk right against a footpath. Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker leaving the hole.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

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This is the male Greater Spotted Woodpecker (note, it is the woodpecker that is greater, not the spots). There is also a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Compare the two as one might compare the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. Birds Greater spotter Woodpecker woodpeckersMy bird feeding array has been set up outside the window of my study.

Acorn Woodpeckers Drinking Sugar Water?

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You probably know that I live where we have many, many woodpeckers. One of the most abundant woodpeckers in Oak Run , where I live, is the Acorn Woodpecker ( Melanerpes formicivorus ). The photos above and below are an adult male Acorn Woodpecker hanging on a hummingbird feeder at the University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center where I attended a meeting back in February. Birds Acorn Woodpeckers hummingbird feeders woodpeckers

A little Mexican Woodpecker

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Inhabiting the southwest portion of the US, and nearly all of Mexico, the diminutive Ladder-backed Woodpecker can be found is a relatively wide variety of climates. This small woodpecker, 6-7 inches over all has a very strongly barred back, hence its name sake, and a white cheek patch surrounded by black. In an area that seems to be chock full of Gila Woodpeckers , the little Ladder-backed Woodpecker is such a nice treat.

Green-barred Woodpecker?

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This is a Green-barred Woodpecker , common and widespread throughout South America to the south of the Amazon River and to the east of the Andes. This form is thought to be a different species and the name Golden-bellied Woodpecker has been adopted by some. The accepted popular name may be woodpecker, but like so many birds, it has a few pet names used by those who are familiar with the species. Birds Argentina Green-barred Woodpecker woodpeckers

Green Woodpecker

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Picus viridis , the European Green Woodpecker is a bird that I longed to see during my early days as a feeder watcher. Green Woodpeckers prefer to eat ants and will more usually be found feeding on the ground in fields and rough pasture than at a feeding table. They range across most of Europe and into the southern parts of Scandinavia, but, like all other woodpeckers have shunned Ireland (Ireland does however have Guinness and the Irish, so there is some justice in the world).

Some Cool Woodpeckers from Costa Rica

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The Woodpeckers are one of the more popular of the avian families. What’s not to like about woodpeckers? Those woodpeckers are some smart-looking birds, and Costa Rica has her fair share with 16 species that head-bang from the dry forests of the northwest to the high-elevation rainforests of the mountains. A local, brownish subspecies of the Hairy Woodpecker is one of this avian clan that resides in Costa Rica. Golden-naped Woodpecker : Now we are getting exotic!

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker

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The typical woodpecker, with its coloration of black, white, and red, is ingrained into our brains as birders. We all have our familiar species and we all know our local woodpeckers well enough that a quick glimpse is often all we need to identify them. Because many of our common woodpeckers are such a regular sight we rarely end up taking more than that quick glimpse. Unless, of course, the regularly encountered woodpecker is somehow different.

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.

A Juvenile Nuttall’s Woodpecker Visits the Garden

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The Nuttall’s Woodpecker’s ( Picoides nattallii ) diet consists mainly of (about 80%) insects, primarily captured by probing and gleaning from tree bark. You can hear the Nuttall’s Woodpecker drumming, followed by the flight call in this recording. It is difficult to tell if this bird (above) is a male or female because both juvenile Nuttall’s Woodpeckers have the red crown feathers mixed with white.

Downy Woodpeckers at the nest

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A pair of nesting Downy Woodpeckers were the highlight of the walk and I wanted to share them with you. The first woodpecker was the male, seen as it flew into a tree and landed right in front of the hole. Birding downy woodpecker nestingI was flummoxed during a recent trip to Dallas as my company had changed our hotel and I had no idea where I was.

Black Woodpecker: Officially a Nemesis

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Sure, occasionally a bird has given me problems, like Black-backed Woodpeckers back in 2007 when I was doing an alleged Big Year in New York State, but not seeing a bird for a single year does not make it a nemesis. But Black Woodpecker ? Yet, here I am, back from Austria, minus one Black Woodpecker sighting. There is only one possible reason that Black Woodpecker has once again eluded my eyes. Black Woodpecker is officially a capital-N-Nemesis-capital-B-Bird.

Are Black Woodpeckers just a Hoax?

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Birds Black Woodpecker Germany woodpeckersNo, they are not. Get over it, Corey. Pictures taken near Heidelberg in July 2012.

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?

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

Red-headed Woodpecker in Queens!

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So when a Red-headed Woodpecker was reported on Thursday at St. Birds listing Queens Red-headed Woodpecker woodpeckersAs regular readers of 10,000 Birds already know, I am enamored of my Queens list. John’s Cemetery by Daryl Cavallaro (who shared this picture with us awhile back) I was there first thing Friday morning. I searched for about an hour unsuccessfully before I had to give up the hunt in order to get to work. More precise directions were needed because St.

Some Woodpeckers are Bad Luck

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Apparently, the word “jinx” derives from a certain Old World woodpecker. Asides woodpeckersDo you know which one? Take your guess and check your answer. Good luck!

Slow-Mo Video of Red-cockaded Woodpecker Foraging

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You may remember the awesome encounter Doug and I had with Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area from this post. If you are some kind of idiot savant you might even remember that the last image of a Red-cockaded Woodpecker that I shared was of the bird holding a grub in its bill. Check out the Red-cockaded Woodpecker getting its grub on – it’s well worth two minutes of your life!

What’s in a Name: Woodpeckers of North America

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Well, I never did see a Black-backed Woodpecker on my trip, but they were on my mind… What could be more straightforward than the naming of woodpeckers? The name woodpecker itself is a basic behavioral description. In some cases the physical trait in question is so obscure that it can only be seen in the hand – as in the Red-bellied Woodpecker , prince of causing confusion to feeder watch newbies.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

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On a recent trip down memory lane in the form of searching through old photos from my trip to Honduras I serendipitously stumbled upon a series of shots of a woodpecker feeding from flower blossoms in a tree. I was relatively certain that the bird was a Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons but, time and memory being what they are I figured a quick search online to make sure couldn’t hurt. Birds honduras subspecies 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.

Ivory-billed Woodpecker in East Texas!

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Asides woodpeckersOh, wait, never mind. Darned local news stations… Hat-tip to Birdchick.

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

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? Woodpeckers aren’t known for their musical song and quite frankly, that’s not what brings the ladies in. 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.

White-headed Woodpeckers Nesting at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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A birding friend of mine listed nesting White-headed Woodpeckers ( Picoides albolarvatus ) on the local Shasta County listserve so I thought I’d head up to Lassen Park to check it out. White-headed Woodpecker Male. The White-headed Woodpecker is a non-migratory bird found in mixed coniferous forests dominated by pine trees in far western North America. The female White-headed Woodpecker looks like the male without the red occipital patch.

Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

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As I got out of my car, about fifty feet from Manzanita Lake, I heard the loud drumming of a woodpecker. I didn’t know what species of woodpecker it was, but I knew it was just in the clearing on the other side of the road. If not for the drumming, I would probably not have seen the Black-backed Woodpecker ( Picoides arcticus ), listed by authors of some field guides as “scarce,” by others as “uncommon to rare.” It was July of 2012.

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Great Pictures of Pileated Woodpeckers

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Christopher Ciccone has a great series of shots of Pileated Woodpeckers up at Picus Blog. Go check them out ! Asides

Spotting Red-cockaded Woodpeckers on Eglin Air Force Base

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker. It also meant Red-cockaded Woodpeckers could be nearby. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are rare. The forests of Eglin are currently protected from destruction because they are essential to the base’s mission, and as a result they host one of the region’s largest colonies of these unique woodpeckers. This was my second time on the recreation area specifically looking for the woodpecker, and it looked like another bust.

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Why Don’t Woodpeckers Hurt Their Heads?

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New research has added some more insights , as well as giving clues that may be used to make better helmets for humans. Asides

Pileated Woodpecker exchange at the nest.

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This is a male Pileated Woodpecker. If Pileated Woodpeckers are anything like Lady Helen and myself, he had been caught unawares with the place in a mess and was frantically trying to tidy up in an attempt to limit the tongue-lashing that he probably deserved. ” The post Pileated Woodpecker exchange at the nest. Birding Pileated Woodpecker

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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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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. There are Pileated Woodpeckers ( Dryocopus pileatus ) that hang out just adjacent to our campground in an old burn.

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Madera Canyon: The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge

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Most days you will get a good look at the Arizona Woodpecker. Birding Arizona Woodpecker hummingbirds Madrra Canyon Mexican Jay Santa Rita LodgeRarely does the name Madera Canyon come up without most North American birders taking pause to recognize the importance to birding in the Southwest U.S.

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There it is, on a tree!

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The three of us were waiting for about an hour at only 2°C, having Great , Eurasian Blue and Coal T**s , Eurasian Nuthatch , Common Blackbird , Goldcrest and Middle Spotted Woodpecker. Avala is a low, gentle sloping, wooded mountain (oak, hornbeam and maple; beech at higher elevation), barely over 500 metres high, inhabited by six woodpecker species – Great , Middle and Little Spotted , Green , Gray-headed (rare) and Black (about two pairs).

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New Neighbors

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When I was a child, the Pileated Woodpecker was a bird that loomed large — both literally, as the biggest surviving woodpecker in the United States, and figuratively, in that it was a bird on that happy borderland between humdrum and mythical, between everyday and nonexistent. There were Pileated Woodpeckers, most assuredly, out there — back in the woods behind the railroad tracks. Why shouldn’t they be home to the finest of woodpeckers? A woodpecker.

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Some of My Christmas Day Yard Birds

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Another California endemic, the Nuttall’s Woodpecker made an appearance… As did the family oriented Acorn Woodpecker. Birds Acorn Woodpecker Anna's Hummingbird Christmas Dark-eyed Junco Eurasian Collared-Dove House Finch Nuttall's Woodpecker Oak Titmouse Phainopepla Red-shafted Northern Flicker Red-tailed Hawk Turkey Vultures White-breasted Nuthatch

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Week two, we enter the USA

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I know these winds had a lot of the birds all settled in, and not moving much, but right off the bat, I got a new Lifer, in a pair of Nuttall’s Woodpeckers. Here is my new Nuttall’s Woodpecker. The new lifers are the Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Lincoln Sparrow, Oak Titmouse , and the Wrentit! The new birds were Acorn Woodpeckers, Western Bluebirds , and just at dark, I found a small flock of Black-capped Chickadees.

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The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

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While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree. I had two possibilities, an uncommon Middle Spotted or scarce White-backed Woodpecker – which would have been a lifer for me. So, I wrote to my friend Giorgos Spiridakis, a bird guide living by Kerkini Lake , further east, if he could help me with this elusive woodpecker. One Grey-headed Woodpecker flies across the road – a promising start.

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). Its size reflects on its flight, being more straightforward and less woodpecker-undulating.

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