Date: 5/7/18 4:23 pm From: Miriam Simmons <simmonsmiriamj...> Subject: [NHBirds] pair red bellied woodpeckers, Manchester NH
A surprise sighting while out walking with my Mom; we saw a flash of red landing high on the side of a tree trunk, it was a mature male red bellied woodpecker with black and white striping on his back and a bright red cap over the top and down the back of his head. And then a second head popped up from the other side, it was the female with a smaller red patch just on the back of her head. As we watched they flew to a horizontal branch in a nearby oak tree, then the female flew further into the trees. The male returned to the first tree and I went to the car to get my binoculars. Returning in a few minutes the male was not in sight, so I approached the tree and found fine wood chips on the ground. I scanned the tree with binoculars, vertically to find where bark may have been disrupted, not seeing any torn bark, I was surprised when my binoculars scoped the head of the male peeking out of a hole in the trunk 70 feet above the ground. He then withdrew and stayed hidden. I will monitor this nesting hole from a distance to see if the activity is regular for the pair, and have my camera ready next time.