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Red-headed Woodpecker

March 8, 2016

Although I have seen several Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) in the wild, they were never close enough to photograph. And then it happened!

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

I spent the morning of 07 March 2016 photowalking Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve with mixed success, so I decided to stop by Huntley Meadows Park on the way home.

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

I was surprised to see Mike Powell‘s car in the parking lot. Mike likes to start early and knock off by mid-afternoon. We met up and checked out one of our favorite spots. More about what we saw in a follow-up post.

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

As we were walking out of the park, I thought I heard Southern Leopard Frogs trilling near the trail. Mike correctly recognized the sound as one of several Red-headed Woodpecker calls. Mike scanned the tree canopy and quickly spotted the woodpecker high overhead.

A Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

It was nearly impossible to find an unobstructed view of the woodpecker. Fortunately a few of my shots are good enough to share. Nothing great, but hey, it’s a start!

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