Jul 08 2010
What bird is this?
Drab gray with a plain head and chest, a dark stripey back and almost plain wings, he’s not in my field guide.
His large bill and upright, legless stance give me a hint but the real clue is to watch his behavior.
This bird is noisy and rarely alone. He chases and begs from red-bellied woodpeckers. He doesn’t have red on his head because he’s a baby — a fledgling red-bellied woodpecker.
He’s not a new species, but he is a “new” bird.
(photo by Marcy Cunkelman)