With the nicer weather, I am finally out birding more. I managed to bird on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, I picked up Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker. Downy Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker.
On Sunday, while listening to very active woodpeckers chase each other about the center and a couple calling Pileated Woodpeckers, I was quite content with my hall.
Then I received a text at work from an unknown number informing me of a bird I had been longing to add to my life list. How awesome is that?! I soon received a follow up email clarifying the identify of the sender. A volunteer at the nature center was leading a bird walk locally and had sighted a Red-headed Woodpecker.
Work ended. Did a bit of birding on site and then headed over in the fading light to Demarest. As I pulled up, I heard a funny chortle, looked up and then low and behold, this is pretty much the sight I saw:
Never got a truly amazing look, just a reason to go back.