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Red Bellied Woodpeckers

Melanerpes carolinus


Medium-sized woodpecker with black bars on their backs and a red cap.


These two were in a tree at the Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Lisle, IL.


Is the one on the left a juvenile? The photo quality is bad...they were far away and up high in the tree and my 300 mm could only reach so far. :)

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Claudia Nix
Claudia Nix 9 years ago

Thanks for the tips, Heather. I'm going to look into that this weekend.
Thanks for the kind words, Atul! :)

Atul 9 years ago

nice pics claudia
very nice birds

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

If you really want to see them up close, and other birds as well, put a platform feeder out with some bait bugs on it or blueberries. Blueberries seem to attract every living thing in the area. Meal worms, and any other "bait" critter. Also, black sunflower seeds seem to be very popular in my yard as well.

Claudia Nix
Claudia Nix 9 years ago

Yes, they are gorgeous. I was very excited to spot them...just wish they weren't so far away so I could have gotten some sharper images.

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

They are pretty aren't they? Pretty big too.

Claudia Nix
Claudia Nix 9 years ago

And these were the first I have ever seen. :)

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

This is the 3rd, well 3rd and 4th Red Bellied Woodpecker today. Awesome!

Claudia Nix
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Claudia Nix

Illinois, USA

Spotted on Jul 13, 2011
Submitted on Jul 18, 2011

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