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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kistatchie's Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

Skilled birder Steve Shively put us on some of Kisatchie's endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. A Bachman's Sparrow, Prairie Warbler, and  Brown-Headed Nuthatch were in the area, all of which were firsts for me.

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A Bachman's Sparrows was sitting on a vine singing away in the open Piney Wood's area.

The harsh, hilarious songs of the Yellow Breasted Chats broke the silence in the Piney Woods.

It was a delight to see the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. The thin line of red plumage behind his eye identifies him as a male.

A hat's off to the personnel at Kisatchie for doing an excellent job managing this endangered species.

A closer look.at the thin red line behind his eye between the black and white plumage.

A Prairie Warbler was a first for me. This little guy was singing his little heart out in a pine tree close by.

Here he is again perched on a limb.

Some Brown-Headed Nuthatches were seen in the area but never came into camera range. It's always great to add new species to one's list.

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