Posts Tagged ‘Melanerpes carolinus’

Don’t “leap” to conclusions!

March 10, 2016

The woodpecker shown in the following photos has a red head so it must be a Red-headed Woodpecker, right? Wrong!

A Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) spotted at River Towers Condominiums, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is probably a male.

This is a Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus), probably a male, spotted on 29 February 2016 at River Towers Condominiums, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

A Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) spotted at River Towers Condominiums, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is probably a male.

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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