Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

This Red-bellied Woodpecker that spent the winter of 2011-2012 in the lower Rennies River and Bannerman Park, St. John's was the 9th record for the province. - Photo: Jared Clarke (December 20, 2011)

This Red-bellied Woodpecker that spent the winter of 2011-2012 in the lower Rennies River and Bannerman Park, St. John’s was the 9th record for the province.
– Photo: Jared Clarke (December 20, 2011)

Status: Rare (Less than annual)

Origins: Breeds across the eastern United States and parts of southern Canada. It seems to be expanding its range in recent years, wandering more regularly into Atlantic Canada (especially in late fall and early winter).

Record Details: Ten records for Newfoundland:

  1. Portugal Cove-St. Phillips (October 2001 – May 2, 2002)
  2. Rocky Harbour (November 12 -28, 2003)
  3. Clarenville (early December 2004 – January 24, 2005)
  4. Corner Brook (December 2004 – January 2, 2005)
  5. Bishop’s Fall’s (November 22, 2008 – March 21 2009)
  6. Lumsden (October 21 – November 14, 2011)
  7. Rocky Harbour (November 4-6, 2011)
  8. Gander (late October 2011)
  9. St. John’s (December 15, 2011 – April 18, 2012)
  10. Butt’s Pond, near Gander (December 29-31, 2011)

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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