(Entry #6) Melanerpes carolinus, although I can probably guarantee that they'll change that name more than I can guarantee that that's the name it was. And would you look at that, the name used to be Picus carolinus.
These woodpeckers are black with white barring, and a white belly. A black tail, too; their heads are a creamy-tan color, with a red stripe; they are sexually dimorphic; in the females the stripe only reaches about halfway to the beak, and in the males it reaches all the way down. I am not sure about the colorations of juveniles
They make typical woodpecker sounds which I cannot distinguish from any other type. That is currently in progress, yet very hard, for I find these woodpeckers to be the most common up here. Indeed, even some of the much more common birds here. I deleted about thirteen seconds of reality from this recording, so it should be easier to upload.
What they eat I am pretty sure of. Bugs. I even caught a picture of one with something in its beak which sorta resembled a snail.
The juvenile is supposed to be hard to distinguish from a red-headed woodpecker, I think. And unfortuantely I don't know how to
Whether they're at war or in love you can never tell. No, actually you can, but why bother? What if they're at war? Don't you want to live in glorious ignorance?
I like observing animals, especially birds. I also take care of the goats. I like goats.
My assistant photographer! She also takes care of African geese.
Another assistant photographer! She takes care of the rabbits, and the hutch is teeming with crawly things.