Don’t “leap” to conclusions!
The woodpecker shown in the following photos has a red head so it must be a Red-headed Woodpecker, right? Wrong!
This is a Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus), probably a male, spotted on 29 February 2016 at River Towers Condominiums, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are relatively common, unlike some of their red-headed counterparts including Pileated Woodpecker and Red-headed Woodpecker, to name a couple.
By the way, did you catch the significance of the title of this post? I shot the photos on “Leap Day 2016.”
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Tags: Melanerpes carolinus, Red-bellied Woodpecker, River Towers Condominiums, wildlife photography