Saturday, April 09, 2011

Six Woodpecker Day!

Yellow-bellied sapsucker [showing the yellow belly!]
photo by DAVID SPEISER taken on April 8, 2008

There are six species of woodpeckers that have been seen in Central Park since record-keeping began in the late 19th century. These are:

Red Headed Woodpecker, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Yellow- Bellied Sapsucker, and Hairy Woodpecker

Yesterday [April 8 -- note date of photograph above!] sharp-eyed birdwatchers Ray Slyper and Mike Bryant saw all six species in Central Park. This doesn't happen often.