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  1. Hello Members, I do not know much about bird identification, but I do appreciate beautiful animals of all species...especially in their native environment(s). I researched various bird ID groups and found this one to be the most straight-forward and knowledgeable, so I joined with hopes that someone smarter than I on the subject, could possibly help to identify a particular bird I watched (and was wowed by), at close range, over the course of about an hour. Thanks in advance to anyone who has a few minutes to spend reading this, and any additional info/intel you could share. I was in my elevated (10') hunting blind, this past Saturday Morning (12/30/17), in the thick piney woods of NE TX (Crockett, TX / Houston County / 75835 Zip Code) and watched this Wodpecker move from tree to tree (about 5 different trees in total, spending about 20 minutes at each tree). I first heard him or her and wondered if it was even a woodpecker at all - on account the "strikes" I was hearing seemed to be much louder, stronger, slower in succession, and with longer pauses in-between - compared to any otger woodpeckers I'd ever known, across my 20+ years of being an avid outdoorsman. When I first laid eyes on him/her, I was absolutely blown away by the size of this bird. By far the largest woodpecker I've ever seen...bigger than any Crow (and there are a lot of Crows in East TX, so I've seen my share of those for sure). While he/she was at the first tree (about 20 yards away, 20'above my vantage point, and 30' feom the ground) - I was able to get several few pics and a 1 minute video of the bird, which I'll upload here for your review. I just wish they (pics/vid) were of better quality, so I'm hoping they can still help. At each tree, he/she would peck at the main trunk and the branches as well...and did not seem to discriminate between trees that were dead vs. alive. He/she did stick to pine trees though, leaving the oak's and cedar's alone. As he/she was flying from tree to tree, I noticed that the underside of its wings were white. When I got home, I Googled the bird and was unable to decifer between the Pileated vs. Ivory-Billed variety of Woodpecker, and couldnt ID the bird's sex either. I know to always take Google with a grain of salt, which is why I'm here, but going solely from what I read on Google...Google "told" me that the Pileated is smaller than a Crow - the one I saw was much larger than any Crow. However, I'm not sure if the Ivory-Billed would be any larger than a Pileated (or not)? Google also "said" the Pileated has a shorter neck than the Ivory-Billed - the bird I saw had a very long neck, a characteristic that stood out to me right, off the bat - and even moreso after looking at the pics/video again. I hope I wasn't rambling...I just wanted to share any/all details I could recall. Aiming to let you (the experts) decide which were helpful, vs. not. The Video and 2 Pictures can be found here (please let me know if/of any issues Re: trying to access).... Folder: 1 Video & 2 Pictures Thank you all, once again. Gratefully, Lance
  2. Small tree-clinging bird

    I Saw this bird on 12/30/2017 in the morning in the Beaverton/Aloha area. It was smaller, probably around the size of a sparrow, and wasn't too terribly shy. It was much smaller than a flicker, and none of the pictures of woodpeckers seemed to match up. The head was more read than this picture would seen to indicate, and the body was gray colored. Any ideas?
  3. help with WoodPecker id

    Hi, can some one please help me identify this bird. This has a red-head. But it looks different from the images of 'Red-Headed Wood Pecker' I saw online because of the white spots on its plumage. Thanks !!
  4. No picture yet, but have had a number of small brown birds with a reddish head on my feeder lately in WI. Any guesses?
  5. I have, what I'm sure, is a Woodpecker in my holly tree, although I don't hear the normal pecking sound they do. He is new to my yard this year, and I'm delighted to have him. The thing is, I can't figure out what type he is. I live in Western Washington state and have looked at pics for the kinds of woodpeckers there are, but can't seem to find him. His entire head is dark red, black back with small white spots all over it, and long beak. Everytime I try to look at him, he goes around the tree trunk, so I cant see him. He hasn't flown off and stayed away though, so he must not mind my curious pestering to awful much. If anyone can shed some light on if he is a woodpecker and what kind, from the brief description I gave, please feel free. Thanks!!
  6. Took this shot on the coast of Oregon with the Forest not far away. He came to feed at our feeder. image by logos132, on Flickr
  7. ID Help Please

    I live on post at Fort Lewis. I am a beginner at this but love watching them and their unique personalities. Thanks for the help!
  8. While I was walking along a lake path in southern Wisconsin I saw a bird that had a full red head, full black body and a very long pointed beak. It was originally on a tree branch and when I startled it, it flew and clinged to the side of the tree. I know for sure it is not a red headed woodpecker or any of that family, I see these birds all the time in my yard. This bird was much larger I would guess 16 to 18 inches. I have searched the internet and can't find any birds with this description. Thanks for any suggestions.