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Friday, February 13, 2015

#GBBC Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Michigan

Get to know your birds before the Great Backyard Birdcount (#GBBC) 
I got this photo of a Red bellied Woodpecker near a feeder today.
They are shy little fellows but they do love to visit the feeders. - Photo by Rodney Campbell
Red-bellied Woodpecker are common throughout most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula year-round. People often call the Red-bellied woodpecker by a list of common misnomers like red-headed or ladder-back woodpecker because of their gleaming red caps and striking black and white barred backs.

Since virtually all woodpeckers are black and white with patches of bright colors on various parts of their bodies, the Red-bellied was named for the unique pinkish tinge on the belly, common to both genders. Females have a gray patch on their forehead.

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