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After posting an old foto yesterday, here is a brand new one, shot this morning from a tree in my yard.

"The Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is a medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family... Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head; the Red-headed Woodpecker however is another species that is a rather close relative but looks quite different."
-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-bellied_Woodpecker

Here, in close proximity, you see a male, a nesting hole, and a juvenile female mockingbird. These birds are fairly common here, and when they are hammering out their nesting holes (here, it is in a dead branch of a Sycamore), they cannot be missed, rapping out a loud tap-tap-tap-tap against the wood. Recently, scientists have studied these birds' cranial anatomy to look for ways to improve the protection provided by helmets for motorcyclists or athletes. See http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-10/27/woodpecker-head

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Additional Photos by Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 74 N: 433] (1890)
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