Photos of the day: December 16-31, 2020

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from more than 20,000 pictures in our Reader Galleries. The shots we selected in the second half of December 2020 included a portrait of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, images of both crossbill species, and a “posing” Cooper’s Hawk. 

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Red-bellied Woodpecker by Sheri Merritt

Red-bellied Woodpecker by Sheri Merritt

Red-bellied Woodpeckers will wedge large nuts in tree bark and break them up into small pieces to eat. Sheri Merritt photographed this one in a catalpa tree in her backyard.

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