Red-bellied Woodpecker Spotted

SONY DSCGrowing up in New York City, a lot of people think the extent of bird species range from sparrows to pigeons; however, vast grasslands, wetlands and areas with large amounts of trees allow for the perfect breeding ground for migrating birds. That is why Spring Creek Towers is the ideal area for avid birdwatchers to observe the various species that swing by the community, like the Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

Many people have the conception that a woodpecker closely resembles the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker. However, this is not the case for the Red-bellied Woodpeckers. They are a pale, medium sized bird. The crown is red, while their face and chest are a pale beige color. Their wings are black with big white patches. These species are unique because they can hitch themselves to tree trunks with their beaks and pick at the bark’s surface in search of insects. The Red-bellied Woodpecker tree climbing habits almost resemble the speed of a squirrel. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “a Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices.” The lab also noted that this species of bird can live up to 12 years old.

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Photo courtesy of Mike’s Birds via Flickr

By Amanda Moses