Wednesday, January 17, 2024

What Is The Rarest Breeding Bird In Connecticut?

The rarest breeding bird in Connecticut is the Red-headed Woodpecker. The birder who saw the most species in Middlesex County last year (Danny) started this year by finding this rare species near his home turf. That allowed many other birders like myself to go see one for myself. I've seen a few over the years. The adult Red-headed Woodpecker is the only species of woodpecker with all red head and neck. I saw it on a cloudy afternoon high in the tree so not such a great photo but better than nothing. As  it turns out, there are now 2 of them at the same location!


L. D. said...

They are rare in Iowa also today. When I was a kid,60 years ago, living in southern Iowa, our timbers were filled with them. It is sad there are so few.Back then I think that it was the only kind that existed. I just wasn't aware of any others and loved that red head.

Val Ewing said...

We have many of these birds here in SW WI. But I live in a heavily forested area with not a lot of homes.
They are constant visitors to our trees and sometimes to the feeders.

They are noisy!
I am lucky to see them and the Pileated Woodpecker.