melanerpes (from melanos, black, and herpes, a creeper) carolinus (of Carolina)
Wednesday, October 3, 1979 — 1:00 pm
Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center
Not too long after Larry Wightman and I saw my lifer Ruby-crowned Kinglet, it began to rain. We holed up in the blind on Bulrush Pond and waited for it to stop. Larry finally gave up and went home. I decided to wait it out. It finally let up a little and I ventured forth. Not too far from the blind, I spotted this Red-bellied Woodpecker. It was tapping high in a tree in the woods between the pond and the trail. It remained there for a few minutes then took off. It landed on one of the dead tree trunks in the swampy end of the pond.