Photographer's Note

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."

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

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