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Red Cockaded Woodpecker

Picoides borealis


Quick. Chatty, and not very red.


High up in mature pines located in the southeast quadrant of Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp. East of Lake Drummond.


Endangered. Only one breeding population left in Virginia. This bird is part of an effort to recreate a second breeding population in our state. Spotted at 8:33pm - just briefly - just before it went inside its nesting cavity for the night. I was volunteering with the biologists overseeing this project - to survey (count) the birds still living here - after their October 2015 installation here.

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LauraLOVESbirds 6 years ago

"Today it is estimated that there are about 12,500 birds, from Florida to Virginia and west to southeast Oklahoma and eastern Texas, representing about 1% of the woodpecker's original population. They have become extinct-(extirpated), in New Jersey, Maryland, and Missouri." Wikipedia

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Chesapeake City, Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2016
Submitted on Aug 2, 2016

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