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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. Spotted this little guy in back of my Queens, NY apartment just now! Looked a little too big to be a Downy and seems to have the longer bill. What says the Forum? Thanks! -Peter Hairy Woodpecker by degibox, on Flickr
  3. First time here! Here in Central Minnesota, we frequently have both hairy and downy woodpeckers in our backyard. Today this guy showed up, and it looks different. Looking through our guide and online, we're puzzled by the mottled red forehead, lack of red at the back of the head, yellowish on the chin, grayish breast, yellow V on breast, lack of sharp contrast on eye patches, etc. These photos were taken on April 17, 2016 in central Minnesota. I searched for juvenile and molting, but it seems to early here to have young birds in what I understand to be a non-migratory species. I'm not a birder, so sorry if I don't use good bird terms. Hopefully the photos at 200mm make up for any deficiencies with my words. Thanks!
  4. This is the first woodpecker (at least I think it's a woodpecker) I have seen this winter. Last year there were at least three different kinds. Why don't I see them this year as much? I know it's not a great photo, can anyone tell me what it is? Thank you! oops, no photo! I'll try again
  5. This bird showed up in the same tree as the mating pair of Redbellied Woodpeckers. They had a fledgling recently. I thought it was a downey woodpecker and now I'm not sure... Thanks for any help you can offer!