Unidentified woodpecker-like bird in North Carolina
Posted Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at 13:47 by Tim42
I was on Fort Bragg the other day and I noticed a woodpecker-like bird fly up in a tree not far from me. I got what I thought was a pretty good look at it but from what I remembered I didn't see any woodpecker in my guide to match what I saw. Of course, it was in the shadows of the tree branches so I couldn't see much detail. The main things I noticed were the tiny, round, black head and white, diamond-shaped spots on the wings. The way it landed in the tree was similar to a woodpecker, landing on the side of the branch and clinging to it. Nuthatches do this also along with tree creepers but this bird resembled none of these. It looked like it had a long neck, about an inch or so, because I could see the roundness of its head prominently. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm going to keep looking in my guides until I've exhausted all my possibilities. I've seen this bird twice on two different days and it looked the same each time. Both birds were in different trees and still looked very dark in color. What a stumper!
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