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Red-headed Woodpecker, Dorothy, New Jersey

April 16, 2013
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Even though Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) is a year-long resident of New Jersey, I’ve never seen one before. On my way back home from Cape May, I decided to visit Dorothy, town were three Red-headed Woodpeckers were recently seen. Within 10 minutes I located one and took these photographs:

Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, Dorothy, New Jersey

– for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image –

Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, Dorothy, New Jersey

– for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image –

Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, Dorothy, New Jersey

– for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image –

“Cool facts about Red-headed Woodpecker:

– it is one of only four North American woodpeckers known to store food, and it is the only one known to cover the stored food with wood or bark. It hides insects and seeds in cracks in wood, under bark, in fenceposts, and under roof shingles. Grasshoppers are regularly stored alive, but wedged into crevices so tightly that they cannot escape

– it has many nicknames, including half-a-shirt, shirt-tail bird, jellycoat, flag bird, and the flying checker-board

Red-headed woodpeckers don’t act quite like most other woodpeckers: they’re adept at catching insects in the air, and they eat lots of acorns and beech nuts, often hiding away extra food in tree crevices for later.” – Cornell Lab

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