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Took this guy this morning, as I was on my way out the door.

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niccolino59

Beautiful laurajane - I have only seen a greater spotted woodpecker here in England in real life, and I was very lucky to see one. Nicky.

robryan

Lucky you Laura - he looks cute!!

laurajane

Thank you very much, pumpkin, Jack, tex, Patti and morris! They have an interesting call, don't they?

morris186

Beautiful, laura!

PLG1958

I love it! Thank you, Laura!

texasstar7

Jacques has been in the eggnog again!

jacquescamus

beautiful butterfly LJ.

pumpkinhead

This is a great picture of what we call "handsome fella", Laura. They are beautiful birds, we have one who comes to our feeders quite often.

laurajane

Yes, true. I think I was just listing the ones here at my feeders and on my lawn. But you're right, we have all of them, too!

chickiemama

Don't forget the Piliated, yellow-bellied sapsucker and red-headed Laura.

laurajane

Thank you, pkin!
Lorna, as far as woodpeckers in Illinois, we have the Downey, Hairy, Red-bellied and the Northern Flicker. We have Nuthatches, which act similar to woodpeckers, but are not.

texasstar7

Beautiful shot, LJ. I'd love to see one in my yard. Thanks.

goingsilver

We have the green, the great spotted and the lesser spotted woodpeckers Laura. I was so excited to see a lesser spotted on the birdtable several times early in the morning last winter. I'm hoping that now I have a new camera, I'll see it again and perhaps get a picture of it. But I haven't used the new camera to get a photo of anything yet unfortunately, thanks to the appalling weather or because I have my 2 dogs with me!

pkin38

Cute fellow thanks....

laurajane

Which 3 kind, Lorna?

goingsilver

No we don't have these woodpeckers Laura, but we do have 3 other kinds.

laurajane

You are right, chickie. A sort of pinksh-orange color. Here is what the National Geographic site says about them: All red-bellied woodpeckers show a black-and-white barred back, white uppertail coverts, grayish white underparts, black chevrons on the lower flanks and undertail coverts, and barred central tail feathers. In flight a small white patch shows at the base of the primaries. Adult male: entire crown, from bill to nape, is red; there is a suffusion of pink or red on the center of the belly. Adult female: red on the head is limited to nasal tufts (just above the bill) and nape; wash of color on the belly is paler, less extensive. In rare individual females, the nape and nasal tufts can be yellow-orange instead of red. Juvenile: resembles adults but duller, with red nasal tuft and nape patches lacking; bill is brownish (black in adults).

chickiemama

They do have some red on their bellys laura.

laurajane

Thanks Lyndee and Lorna!
Lyndee, I thought the same thing. I guess they had to come up with another name.
Lorna, do you have these woodpeckers over there?

goingsilver

He's a handsome fellow. Lovely photo Laura.

lyndee

I guess they already had one called "redheaded woodpecker". Great shot Laura.

laurajane

Why he's called red-bellied when his head is red, I'll never know!

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