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Unusual Woodpecker

Good Day,

Sorry for the late post, I have been super busy and almost forgot. Monday July 27,2020 I was playing basketball at Mast Park (Santee/9125 Carlton Hulls Blvd) when I saw a woodpecker fly over. It was DEFINITELY a woodpecker shape and the flight pattern was about three wing flaps followed by a glide. The bird flew from the southeast towards the northwest over the basketball court about 20’ high and landed in a large tree just across from the restroom. Close to where the red-shoulder hawk usually hangs out. The bird definitely had red on the breast/belly area and “appeared” to have a green sheen to the back/wings. It was between 6 pm and sunset, so the bird was backlit. My initial impression was a Lewis woodpecker. I can not confirm, but I am putting out the info in case someone else is in the area and wanted to take a gander. I understand this is an unusual place and time for the bird, and am more than happy if someone locates the bird and corrects me!

Good Birding and stay safe,

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca

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