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    Posted March 21, 2013 by
    Saint Louis, Missouri
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    Hello, spring

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    Spring Marks The Return Of Woodpeckers in Missouri


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     oddballz says he knows spring is around the corner when the Red-Bellied woodpeckers come to Missouri. "While bird-watching from the window at home I noticed a few flocking to my feeders," he says. "This is always the official sign of spring for us who are avid birders in Missouri."
    - PM91, CNN iReport producer

    With the beginning of spring we are starting to see the return of several species to our feeders including the Red-Bellied Woodpecker here is Missouri.

    The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds in southern Canada and the northeastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas.

    The red-bellied woodpecker is not technically considered a migratory bird. Woodpeckers build their nests within the relatively sheltered trunks of trees, which allows them to stay warm during cold weather. Because of the recent expansion of their breeding range, many woodpeckers are showing more migratory behavior during the coldest months of the year, moving south to the milder locations within their breeding territory over the winter.

    More Woodpeckers - http://www.unfocussed.com/photo-gallery/birds/woodpeckers/
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