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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015

This is one gorgeous bird! It is a male Red-bellied Woodpecker enjoying the warmth of this December weekend, soaking in some sun between feeding on acorns and all sorts of natural food – which seems to be in abundance this season.

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Between the temperatures in this wonderfully warm stretch of weather and the varied menu to select from it is easy to see why species like this one are able to make a push further north to expand their range. The last two frigid years were an exception to the new warmer-than-average rule, and this incredible positive temperature departure is really going to continue to influence what we see in our backyards and favorite patches throughout the month. I will take a look at that more throughout this week.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator