Eric Sadgenske, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, holds one of th banded Red Cockcaded Woodpecker fledglings shows the colored bands that are a unique combination for that bird. Eric Sadgenske, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from a team of Alabama Power employees banding three Red Cockaded Woodpecker fledglings on an island on Lake Mitchell Monday May 14, 2012. Thirteen family groups totally 30-40 birds live in an area on Lake Mitchell that has been maintained by Alabama Power to sustain and eventually increase the numbers of Red Cockaded Woodpeckers. The young fledglings are 7-9 days old and were banding with metal and unique colored plastic bands so the birds can be monitored and counted. These family groups at Lake Mitchell are one of only two known groups of Red Cockcaded Woodpeckers on private land in Alabama. There are several other family groups in National Forests in Alabama. (The Birmingham News/Joe Songer).
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