Bird #69 — Red-bellied Woodpecker

melanerpes (from melanos, black, and  herpes, a creeper) carolinus (of Carolina)

Wednesday, October 3, 1979 — 1:00 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

Not too long after Larry Wightman and I saw my lifer Ruby-crowned Kinglet, it began to rain.  We holed up in the blind on Bulrush Pond and waited for it to stop.  Larry finally gave up and went home.  I decided to wait it out.  It finally let up a little and I ventured forth.  Not too far from the blind, I spotted this Red-bellied Woodpecker.  It was tapping high in a tree in the woods between the pond and the trail.  It remained there for a few minutes then took off.  It landed on one of the dead tree trunks in the swampy end of the pond.

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