Friday, December 16, 2011
Red-bellied Woodpecker, really?
Let it shine wherever you go, Let it make a happy glow, For all the world to see." Our Red-bellied Woodpecker was our own ET.
The last time I saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker was while sitting in my sister's backyard in Little Rock, Arkansas in 102 F heat watching the woodpecker work its way around a light pole. The year-round range of the Red-bellied Woodpecker is from middle America east to New England. What was it doing here? Well, we have had swirling winds around the island coming from every possible direction for the last three weeks. This male woodpecker is not here alone. Two other Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been reported in Newfoundland since early November. These were found in Rocky Harbour on the west coast and in Lumsden in Central Newfoundland. And now here is our beautiful male visitor right in the heart of St. John's.