Woodpeckers on Black Oak Ridge
This is my last day in Oak Ridge - I fly back to Maryland this evening. I'll do a big wrapup post (for I and the Bird) later, but right now I'll share the woodpeckers. There's a pretty good variety on the ridge - from the littlest to the biggest of those that live in the eastern half of the country.
First up, the tiny downy woodpecker, this one a female:
Next, a male yellow-bellied sapsucker:
Next, red-bellied woodpeckers. One of them is around almost every day. Here's the female:
And finally, the biggest of America's remaining woodpeckers, the magnificent pileated woodpecker, which they call the logcock around here. There's a pair of them living on this ridge, and they come around pretty frequently, though they do spook easily. They're remarkable birds, unmistakeable. These shots are from four different days. Here's the male:
and here's the female: