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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus


Red-bellied Woodpeckers are pale, medium-sized woodpeckers common in forests of the East. Their strikingly barred backs and gleaming red caps make them an unforgettable sight – just resist the temptation to call them Red-headed Woodpeckers, a somewhat rarer species that's mostly black on the back with big white wing patches. Learn the Red-bellied's rolling call and you’ll notice these birds everywhere. (From eBird


Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common in many Eastern woodlands and forests, from old stands of oak and hickory to young hardwoods and pines. They will also often venture from forests to appear at backyard feeders.

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Thank you. The original photo was posted on an Ohio website and had an Ohio copyright hence the connection. All issues resolved, except that we ask that the Habitat field contains the actual habitat where the spotting was made and not where it is expected to be found. This is so that we can track any changes of habitat which may be occurring.

WetlandDad 11 years ago

I have no idea what Ohio has to do with this particular post, but whatever. In any rate, I did take down the original photo down since I did manage to obtain proof that this particular species is present in my locality. I have read the Terms and FAQs and the issue from my end has been resolved.

Please read and comply with our FAQs and Terms. Removal of the original copyright notice from this photograph contravenes these. Also take note that Richmond Va and Ohio ore not in the same region or locality as far as Project Noah is concerned. If a photograph is not taken from the same place on the same day as the spotting then it is not a true record and becomes of no value to Project Noah's commitment to accurate recording.. The only exception to this rule is where the location is withheld for endangered species for their own protection.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Well yes spottings should be bona fide not surrogate.

WetlandDad 11 years ago

Also we do have plenty of Red-bellies here in Virginia.

WetlandDad 11 years ago

This is a red-belly. The origin of the photo isn't from the exact locality of my particular spotting. Although the shot was taken from the same region from my spotting. If you're concerned about copyright law. I have the permission and am well aware of the implications. If this is a bigger concern of it being an exact spotting. I have no qualms with taking it down until I have a clear picture of my exact spotting.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Hmmm. Then you have permission to use the photo? (See the disclaimer you ticked when you created the spotting). We must be vigilant due to copyright concerns. But besides that, the websites we saw concerned birds of Ohio. This is marked as a Virginia spotting. Where was this photo taken and does it match the map position in your spotting? Is this a photo of one of the red bellied woodpeckers you mention? Use of a surrogate bird from another site to represent those at your site would not conform to a bona fide PN spotting. Nor could birds from different sites be combined into the same spotting.

WetlandDad 11 years ago

Yes it has been posted elsewhere. Although this photo isn't a photo taken by me personally, I was on site when it was taken by a good friend of mine. I have two Red-belly's that compete for my feeders at my home that I have been unable to capture on film. As soon as I do I will update this posting.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Hello. We've seen this photo on other websites. Have you posted it elsewhere? Can you tell us about this? Thanks

felipeche72 11 years ago

Magnifique couleur, un très bel oiseau, un très beau shoot, felicitation
amitié de France

aquinaswi 11 years ago

Beautiful bird!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Mar 6, 2013
Submitted on Mar 5, 2013

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