Category Archives: Bird of the Week

Bird of the Week: Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

(year around, common)
(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
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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
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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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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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Bird of the week: Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

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Mountain Chickadee
Poecile gambeli
Size and Shape: Tiny, large-headed but small-billed, with a long, narrow tail and full, rounded wings.
Both Sexes
Length: 4.3-5.5 in (11-14 cm)
Weight: 0.4 oz (11 g)
Color Pattern: Like all chickadees, strikingly black-and-white on the head, gray elsewhere. The white stripe over the eye identifies Mountain Chickadees from all other chickadees.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is in Yellow Pine year around.
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Bird of the Week White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

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Photos by Local Color Photography

White-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta carolinensis
Size and Shape: The largest nuthatch, this is still a small bird with a large head and almost no neck. The tail is very short, and the long, narrow bill is straight or slightly upturned.
Both Sexes
Length: 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm)
Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz (18-30 g)
Wingspan: 7.9-10.6 in (20-27 cm)
Color Pattern: White-breasted Nuthatches are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or gray cap and neck frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is seen in Yellow Pine year around.
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Bird of the Week Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta canadensis
Size and Shape: A small, compact bird with a sharp expression accentuated by its long, pointed bill. Red-breasted Nuthatches have very short tails and almost no neck; the body is plump or barrel-chested, and the short wings are very broad.
Both Sexes
Length: 4.3 in (11 cm)
Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (8-13 g)
Wingspan: 7.1-7.9 in (18-20 cm)
Color Pattern: Red-breasted Nuthatches are blue-gray birds with strongly patterned heads: a black cap and stripe through the eye broken up by a white stripe over the eye. The underparts are rich rusty-cinnamon, paler in females.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: These birds live year around in Yellow Pine
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