I’m sure every birder in the eastern two-thirds of the United States recognizes the bird above. It’s a male Red-bellied Woodpecker. Michael Rossacci photographed it near Horn Pond, in Woburn, Massachusetts, with a tripod-mounted Canon 5D Mark 3 camera, a 300mm lens, and a 1.4x teleconverter.
It’s one of six woodpeckers in the genus Melanerpes that you can find in North America. We’ve assembled photos of the other five — Acorn, Golden-fronted, Red-headed, Gila, and Lewis’s — into the gallery below.Originally Published