Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Melanerpes carolinus

The birds are returning to Minnesota! This Red-bellied Woodpecker allowed me to take a few pictures before he vanished. By that I mean, I could hear him, but couldn’t see him. He stayed in the same leafless tree, but I walked around looking for him to no avail. Do they do that squirrel thing where they walk around the tree to avoid you?

Odd fact about the Red-bellied Woodpecker: they are named for a small patch of reddishness on their belly that is almost impossible to see in the field.

To celebrate the return of the birds, I’m declaring this Bird Week! Kinda like shark week, only a bit more reserved. Tune in tomorrow for the Black-capped Chickadee.

2 replies
  1. Thien
    Thien says:

    I’m really enjoying all the bird posts, Mitch. Very nice. Bird Week IS more friendly than Shark Week. I have seen these woodpeckers in Seguin as well. When I saw your shot, I intstantly thought of Cindy Lauper! 🙂


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