Red-bellied Woodpecker at Lambton Woods: September 17, 2021

In my childhood I never saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker. But, as Sibley Birds tells us “Range is expanding rapidly to the north, where it inhabits suburban woodlots and visits bird feeders.”

The park at Lambton Woods is most definitely a suburban woodlot and Red-bellies have been here for the last few years. I was unable to photograph this morning’s bird but here are photos from previous walks:

Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Other birds:

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard hybrid “Bib” Duck
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Great Blue Heron and Great Egret
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret

Bird Species list: double-crested cormorant, great egret, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, ring-billed gull, herring gull, mourning dove, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (19 species)

Lambton scenes:

Today’s group:

Some botany:

Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)
Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Miscanthus (Miscanthus sacchariflorus)
Amur Cork-tree (Phellodendron amurense)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Hackberry leaf galls


Since Poets have told of sunset, 
What is left for me to tell? 
I can only say that I saw the day 
Press crimson lips to the horizon gray, 
And kiss the earth farewell.                                  – Effie Lee Newsome (1885–1978)

Miles Hearn

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