Bird #24 — Red-headed Woodpecker

melanerpes (from melanos, black and herpes, a creeper) erythrocephalus (from erythros, red, and kephale, head)

Tuesday, June 26, 1979 — 12:00 noon

Highland Park, Illinois — Rosewood Park

I was on lunch break from my roofing job.  The guy I was working with this day drove us to a sandwich shop for lunch and then to a lake shore park to eat.  I had just finished when I saw this bird fly across an open area and land in a nearby tree.  I got up and followed it as it continued to a strip of large trees on top of a bluff above Lake Michigan.  It foraged tree-to-tree north along the lake and soon disappeared from my sight.

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