Red-bellied Woodpecker at Lambton Woods: October 20, 2020

In my youth, the Red-bellied Woodpecker was fairly common in the oak forests of eastern USA, but rare in Ontario.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

The range in now rapidly expanding to the north where it inhabits suburban woodlots and visits bird feeders.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

I even see it in mid-winter.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Other birds:

Blue jay
Blue jay
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
American Black Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Goldfinch
Eastern Pewee
Eastern Pewee
Eastern Pewee

Species list: great blue heron,  Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, red-breasted merganser, turkey vulture, ring-billed gull, herring gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, eastern pewee, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, song sparrow. (27 species)

Park views:

Freeman Maple
Chipmunk
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Hornet’s nest

Today’s groups:

morning
afternoon

NATURE POETRY

’Tis all a myth that Autumn grieves,
For, watch the rain among the leaves;
With silver fingers dimly seen
It makes each leaf a tambourine.           – Samuel Minturn Peck (1854–1938) 

Miles Hearn

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