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Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus


This guy disappeared as suddenly as he appeared, only spending a minute at the feeder. You can see that he was having a hard time because he had no place to prop his tail. Woodpeckers typically use their tails as a third contact point for greater stability when creeping on tree trunks and hammering for insects.


Seen in a suburban backyard, hopping along oak tree limbs, briefly at bird feeder.

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Garden City, New York, USA

Lat: 40.73, Long: -73.63

Spotted on May 6, 2012
Submitted on May 7, 2012

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