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motomom

1/9/2017 5:54:26 PM
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amature bird watcher

is it common to see a red bellied woodpecker around here at this time of year? We had one join our blue jays and chickadees at the feeder today. Thought it was a young woodpecker, but the checkered black and white, with less red on its head, lead us to this species. It was clearly by itself. any info would be appreciated.

silverhoarder

1/9/2017 7:02:36 PM
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Red Bellied Woodpecker???

Did you happen to get a picture?? I have yellow belly nuthatches, white belly nuthatches, and two different kinds of woodpeckers - - one with the red marks on the head and one without and a much smaller version as well. Never heard of a red bellied one tho. About two or three years ago during a snow storm we were visited by the red/black and yellow/black Grosbeaks and with them was a bright red Cardinal - - just a little out of his range. We live in the Swan River Valley area, so see lots of different birds at the feeders.  
 
Edited by silverhoarder, 2017-01-09 19:05:13

CarolynJ

1/9/2017 8:08:35 PM
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I think

  
motomom said "is it common to see a red bellied woodpecker around here at this time of year? We had one join our blue jays and chickadees at the feeder today. Thought it was a young woodpecker, but the checkered black and white, with less red on its head, lead us to this species. It was clearly by itself. any info would be appreciated. "

it's a little far north than what their range is, but I think they have been seeing them in Wpg.  
 
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-bellied_Woodpecker/id

CarolynJ

1/9/2017 8:13:36 PM
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The red marks

  
silverhoarder said "Did you happen to get a picture?? I have yellow belly nuthatches, white belly nuthatches, and two different kinds of woodpeckers - - one with the red marks on the head and one without and a much smaller version as well. Never heard of a red bellied one tho. About two or three years ago during a snow storm we were visited by the red/black and yellow/black Grosbeaks and with them was a bright red Cardinal - - just a little out of his range. We live in the Swan River Valley area, so see lots of different birds at the feeders.  
 
Edited by silverhoarder, 2017-01-09 19:05:13"

on the head of the Hairy Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker indicates it is male. The Hairy WP is quite a bit larger than the Downy WP. I will post some photos of the Woodpeckers and also the Red breasted Nuthatch and the White breasted Nuthatch.

CarolynJ

1/9/2017 8:27:35 PM
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Here is a link to

the difference in size of the Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers.  
 
http://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-hairy-woodpecker-downy-woodpecker

CarolynJ

1/9/2017 8:39:58 PM
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Apr 2008
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I have never

heard of a yellow-bellied Nuthatch. I searched on the internet and couldn't find one. I know there is a Eurasian or Wood Nuthatch. They are very similar to our Red-breasted Nuthatch but in Europe and Asia.  
 
 
http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-eurasian-nuthatch.html

Kato

1/9/2017 10:18:05 PM
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Nov 2008
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...

Theres a free app called Merlin that is put out by Cornel University. It has a feature where you can take a picture of a bird and it will identify it. It really works.

CarolynJ

1/10/2017 10:51:53 AM
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Red-bellied

  
motomom said "is it common to see a red bellied woodpecker around here at this time of year? We had one join our blue jays and chickadees at the feeder today. Thought it was a young woodpecker, but the checkered black and white, with less red on its head, lead us to this species. It was clearly by itself. any info would be appreciated. "

Woodpeckers have Red heads. Here's a link to photo.  
 
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-bellied_Woodpecker/id  
 
Edited by CarolynJ, 2017-01-10 10:53:20

Ketje

1/10/2017 10:23:22 PM
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Oct 2016
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Birdwatch group

Is there a birdwatchgroup here in Brandon? Or something similar like naturestudies? I'm an amateur but eager to learn.

 
 
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