Red-Bellied Surprise

A few days overdue, but on Saturday, as I was getting ready to go to the store, in addition to the mourning doves that were startled by me coming outside, there was a silhouette up in the trees that was about the size of a mourning dove, but acting like a woodpecker. I almost thought it was a Northern Flicker, but after a quick run to get my binos, it turned out to be a male red-bellied woodpecker.

While certainly not a rare bird, they are uncommon up here. They continue to expand their range north. In Manchester there was a report of a breeding pair this past summer, though no chicks were seen. Hopefully I’ll get to see more of him this winter!

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