I was going stir crazy sitting in front of the computer all day, so this evening I headed out for a walk in the woods. I decided to explore a patch of forest known as Monkey Run as I had never been there before, and an immature Red-headed Woodpecker had been seen there a couple times in the last few days.
It was a nice evening with a light overcast sky and very comfortable temperature. I explored a couple trails and saw a lot of birds. Several large foraging flocks of Black-capped Chickadees included White-breasted Nuthatches and a lone Brown Creeper. American Robins are still around in fairly large numbers and I even had a single Hermit Thrush. The White-throated Sparrows are migrating through right now and about at their peak, though the best sparrows of the day were a couple of Fox Sparrows.
However, I was there to search for a Red-headed Woodpecker, an uncommon bird for the area. I saw nearly every woodpecker species found in the area with the glaring exception of the Red-headed. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers were quite common and I saw a couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a single Northern Flicker. The ever popular Pileated Woodpecker made a single appearance but I missed out on the young Red-headed Woodpecker. However, despite that miss I had a really great walk and am feeling rejuvenated and can get back to work this evening.