Jim Orrico and I embarked on a rare after school chase this past Wednesday, in search of a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker that had been frequenting the intersection of Bradley and Lincoln Streets in New Haven.
Upon arrival, it didn’t take us long to find this bird. In fact, I hadn’t even closed the door to the car when I heard a soft churrrt call coming from a nearby tree. We were soon watching the bird, and spent the next forty-five minutes or so enjoying this now very uncommon visitor to Connecticut.
The woodpecker spent a lot of its time perched at the top of one of the cut-off limbs of its favorite tree at the corner of the intersection, which gave us the opportunity to obtain some great scope views, and even, some digiscoped photos (below).