Red Bellied

I am very surpized to see this beautiful bird in my back yard eating dry dog food. I live in the Imperial Valley and I had never seen a wood pecker around here. I'm starting to wonder if maybe someone had him as a pet and he got away.

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Mar 09, 2013
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Wow that far west?
by: GaryE

Yeah that is really weird they are not supposed to live west of the Rockies (assuming you are in Imperial Valley California). It is illegal in the US to keep wild birds as pets so it is very unlikely it was someone's escaped pet . . . but I guess it is possible.

Here is a good resource for red-bellied woodpeckers . . . take a look http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-bellied_Woodpecker/id

Are you certain that is what you saw? If not take a look at the similar species part of that web page and see if you can id your bird! Honestly my best guess is that you have a similar species but well . . . almost anything in regards to bird location is possible.

But they are really neat birds that I get to see almost daily here in the suburbs of DC and I am glad you got to see one!

Mar 01, 2013
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by: Anonymous

He can now be your pet!

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