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Monday, February 13, 2017

RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER, BABCOCK-WEBB WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, PUNTA GORDA, FL, 2/11/2017

   In the first two photos the Red-cockaded Woodpecker is peaking out of its hole in the tree.  This was a short time after sunrise.  It flew out of the hole to a nearby tree.  About 10 minutes later, as we were about to leave the area, a fellow birder waved us down, as he had sighted a Red-cockaded Woodpecker pecking on a nearby tree.  This woodpecker is shown in the last three photos.
   We can ID this woodpecker as a Red-cockaded Woodpecker by its black cap and nape which encircle large white cheeks, bold black and white horizontal stripes on its back and barred flanks.
   The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 516.