Thursday, June 3, 2010

Red Bellied Woodpecker—You Can Really See That!

Many people still try to make this species into something it is not. They try often to tell me they have seen a Red Headed Woodpecker. When I identify it as a Red Bellied Woodpecker, they are incredulous and skeptical. I have to explain that this one’s head is not truly red but a little orange and the neck is white or buff. The true Red Headed Woodpecker, I say, has cherry red from its neck to the top of its head and is 360.

This doesn’t often satisfy the skeptic. I further explain that the observer doesn’t always see its belly. However, this one posed in such a way as to facilitate the sighting of its red belly. You can really see it.

But when I travel I still get a thrill out of fixing my binoculars on a Red Headed

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