Category Archives: Bird of the Week

Bird of the Week: Three-Toed Woodpecker

Three-Toed Woodpecker

(year around, not common)
Male
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Female
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Photos by Local Color Photography

American Three-toed Woodpecker
Picoides dorsalis
Size and Shape: A medium-sized black-and-white woodpecker, more black than white.
Both Sexes
Length: 7.9 in (20 cm)
Weight: 2.3 oz (65 g)
Color Pattern: Head black with a white mustache stripe and a thin white line behind eye. Throat, breast, and belly white. Adult males (and juveniles of both sexes) have a yellow crown patch.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page
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Bird of the Week: Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

(year around, not common)

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Male (female lacks the red patch)

link to more Downy Woodpecker photos:
Photos by Local Color Photography

Downy Woodpecker
Dryobates pubescens
Size and Shape: Downy Woodpeckers are small versions of the classic woodpecker body plan. They have a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. The bill tends to look smaller for the bird’s size than in other woodpeckers. About two-thirds the size of a Hairy Woodpecker.
Both Sexes
Length: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
Weight: 0.7-1.0 oz (21-28 g)
Wingspan: 9.8-11.8 in (25-30 cm)
Color Pattern: Downy Woodpeckers give a checkered black-and-white impression. The black upperparts are checked with white on the wings, the head is boldly striped, and the back has a broad white stripe down the center. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head. The outer tail feathers are typically white with a few black spots.

Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page
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Bird of the Week: Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

(year around)
(male)
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(female)
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Photos by Local Color Photography

Hairy Woodpecker
Dryobates villosus
Size and Shape: A medium-sized woodpecker with a fairly square head, a long, straight, chisel-like bill, and stiff, long tail feathers to lean against on tree trunks. The bill is nearly the same length as the head.
Both Sexes
Length: 7.1-10.2 in (18-26 cm)
Weight: 1.4-3.4 oz (40-95 g)
Wingspan: 13.0-16.1 in (33-41 cm)
Color Pattern: Hairy Woodpeckers are contrastingly black and white. The black wings are checkered with white; the head has two white stripes (and, in males, a flash of red toward the back of the head). A large white patch runs down the center of the black back.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page
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Bird of the week: Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

(year around)
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Female front, male rear
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Photos by Local Color Photography
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Pileated Woodpecker
Dryocopus pileatus
Size & Shape: The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large woodpecker with a long neck and a triangular crest that sweeps off the back of the head. The bill is long and chisel-like, about the length of the head. In flight, the wings are broad and the bird can seem crowlike.
Both Sexes
Length: 15.8-19.3 in (40-49 cm)
Weight: 8.8-12.3 oz (250-350 g)
Wingspan: 26.0-29.5 in (66-75 cm)
Color Pattern: Pileated Woodpeckers are mostly black with white stripes on the face and neck and a flaming-red crest. Males have a red stripe on the cheek. In flight, the bird reveals extensive white underwings and small white crescents on the upper side, at the bases of the primaries.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page
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Bird of the week: Lewis’s Woodpecker

Lewis’s Woodpecker

(summer breeding, not common)
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links to more photos: here and here
Photos by Local Color Photography

Lewis’s Woodpecker
Melanerpes lewis

Size & Shape: Lewis’s Woodpeckers are hefty with an elongated body, long wings, and a long tail. The bill is woodpecker-like, but thinner than most.
Both Sexes
Length: 10.2-11.0 in (26-28 cm)
Weight: 3.1-4.9 oz (88-138 g)
Wingspan: 19.3-20.5 in (49-52 cm)
Color Pattern
This woodpecker often appears all dark, especially from a distance, but in good light its unique color pattern shows. It has a pink belly, a gray collar, a dark green back, and a dark red face.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Bird of the week: Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker
(year around)
Male
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Female
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link to photos of female and nesting box
Photos by Local Color Photography

Northern Flicker
Colaptes auratus
Size and Shape: Flickers are fairly large woodpeckers with a slim, rounded head, slightly downcurved bill, and long, flared tail that tapers to a point.
Both Sexes
Length: 11.0-12.2 in (28-31 cm)
Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz (110-160 g)
Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in (42-51 cm)
Color Pattern: Flickers appear brownish overall with a white rump patch that’s conspicuous in flight and often visible when perched. The undersides of the wing and tail feathers are bright … red, in western birds. With a closer look you’ll see the brown plumage is richly patterned with black spots, bars, and crescents.
Note: The males have a red “mustache”.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Bird of the Week: Red Naped Sapsucker

Red Naped Sapsucker

(summer breeding)
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Photos by Local Color Photography

Red-naped Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Size and Shape: The Red-naped Sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker with a slight peak to the back of the head. It clings vertically to trees giving it an elongated appearance. The bill is stout and sharply pointed.
Both Sexes
Length: 7.5-8.3 in (19-21 cm)
Weight: 1.1-2.3 oz (32-66 g)
Wingspan: 16.1-16.9 in (41-43 cm)
Color Pattern: Red-naped Sapsuckers are black and white overall with a red cap, nape, and throat. They have a long white bar on the folded wing. A black stripe through the eye is bordered by white stripes. The belly is mottled black and white, with a dingy or yellowish cast. Female Red-naped Sapsuckers have a white patch on the chin while males have entirely red chins. Juveniles have a brown cap and an overall brown wash on their belly and head.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is not seen very often in Yellow Pine.
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