Not enough Woodpeckers

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It is hard to imagine any birder not liking woodpeckers – they are the “motherhood and apple pie” of the avian world. The Bearded Woodpecker (Mkuze, South Africa) does not really look any more bearded than many other woodpeckers.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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“Wait, why is this bird called ‘ Red-bellied Woodpecker ?'” So there’s a bunch of other woodpeckers named red-naped, red-cowled, red-shawled, that kind of thing? Other woodpeckers don’t have red bellies at all?”. “No, Lewis’s Woodpecker. “So So it must at least distinguish it from very, very similar species?”. “ … The post Red-bellied Woodpecker appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers and European Green Woodpeckers

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On our trip to the UK a few weeks ago we were privileged to encounter both the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the European Green Woodpecker once again, but this year we had much closer observations and we were able to photograph the birds. Our first encounter with a Great Spotted Woodpecker was just after we arrived in the UK and made a day trip to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster on September 30th. Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Emerald Ash Borers vs. Woodpeckers (and Nuthatches)

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Enter the woodpecker. To be specific, the Red-bellied , Hairy , and Downy Woodpeckers , along with the White-breasted Nuthatch. Whelan, from the Illinois Natural History Survey, explained, “The increased utilization of EAB-infested ash trees by woodpeckers and bark-foraging birds observed in our study demonstrates that woodpeckers are able to shift their behavior to actively target EAB.” Nonetheless, this week will be chock full of invasive species.

Acorn Woodpeckers Drinking Sugar Water?

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You probably know that I live where we have many, many woodpeckers. One of the most abundant woodpeckers in Oak Run , where I live, is the Acorn Woodpecker ( Melanerpes formicivorus ). The photos above and below are an adult male Acorn Woodpecker hanging on a hummingbird feeder at the University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center where I attended a meeting back in February. Birds Acorn Woodpeckers hummingbird feeders woodpeckers

A little Mexican Woodpecker

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Inhabiting the southwest portion of the US, and nearly all of Mexico, the diminutive Ladder-backed Woodpecker can be found is a relatively wide variety of climates. This small woodpecker, 6-7 inches over all has a very strongly barred back, hence its name sake, and a white cheek patch surrounded by black. Here on the Baja, they tend to pick some of the most aggressive cactus species in which to locate their nest.

Green-barred Woodpecker?

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This is a Green-barred Woodpecker , common and widespread throughout South America to the south of the Amazon River and to the east of the Andes. This form is thought to be a different species and the name Golden-bellied Woodpecker has been adopted by some. The accepted popular name may be woodpecker, but like so many birds, it has a few pet names used by those who are familiar with the species. Birds Argentina Green-barred Woodpecker woodpeckers

Some Cool Woodpeckers from Costa Rica

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The Woodpeckers are one of the more popular of the avian families. What’s not to like about woodpeckers? Those woodpeckers are some smart-looking birds, and Costa Rica has her fair share with 16 species that head-bang from the dry forests of the northwest to the high-elevation rainforests of the mountains. A local, brownish subspecies of the Hairy Woodpecker is one of this avian clan that resides in Costa Rica. A male Golden-naped Woodpecker.

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker

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The typical woodpecker, with its coloration of black, white, and red, is ingrained into our brains as birders. We all have our familiar species and we all know our local woodpeckers well enough that a quick glimpse is often all we need to identify them. Because many of our common woodpeckers are such a regular sight we rarely end up taking more than that quick glimpse. Unless, of course, the regularly encountered woodpecker is somehow different.

A Juvenile Nuttall’s Woodpecker Visits the Garden

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The Nuttall’s Woodpecker’s ( Picoides nattallii ) diet consists mainly of (about 80%) insects, primarily captured by probing and gleaning from tree bark. I first became aware of the bird’s presence when I heard the unmistakable raspy flight call this species utters, usually as it moves from one location to another. You can hear the Nuttall’s Woodpecker drumming, followed by the flight call in this recording.

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Lewis’s Woodpeckers Are Back

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Lewis’s Woodpecker ( Melanerpes lewis ) In Flight, photos by Larry Jordan Driving home from work last week I finally saw my first Lewis’s Woodpecker ( Melanerpes lewis ) of the fall. Lucky for me, these beautiful and unusual woodpeckers can be found nearly year round in the oak savannah along the road I travel daily. I say they are unusual woodpeckers because they spend the majority of their foraging time fly catching, usually making them very easy to spot.

Death of the Downy Woodpecker, or, Dunlin at 10,000 Feet: The Eighth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit

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His delay would cost him too, as Ryan and I were treated to a fly-by Red-headed Woodpecker , only the second time we’ve had one on the count! Osprey are nice but after awhile you wish one would be a different species. Farewell, Downy Woodpecker.

Searching for a White-backed Woodpecker

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The White-backed Woodpecker is the hardest resident woodpecker to find in Europe. White-backed Woodpecker was one of the major target birds of the Bükk Hills portion of the trip to Hungary and though I would probably have preferred seeing what I now believe to be the mythical Black Woodpecker , the White-backed Woodpecker was a nice consolation prize. So how did I manage to lay eyes on the most difficult-to-see European woodpecker?

The Woodpeckers of New York City

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Disbelief probably seems like the proper response to the idea that there are woodpeckers in New York City. After all, woodpeckers peck on trees, not skyscrapers. But Gotham’s many parks have some very suitable habitat for birds from the family Picidae and a birder in any borough of New York will generally find at least a couple of species during an average morning’s birding. What are these woodpeckers and where is one likely to find them?

What’s in a Name: Woodpeckers of North America

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Well, I never did see a Black-backed Woodpecker on my trip, but they were on my mind… What could be more straightforward than the naming of woodpeckers? The name woodpecker itself is a basic behavioral description. When it comes to individual North American species, the old reliable trick of naming them after physical traits is in full effect. If you want anything with a bit of mystique, a bit of dazzle, for the woodpeckers, you have to go to the Latin.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

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On a recent trip down memory lane in the form of searching through old photos from my trip to Honduras I serendipitously stumbled upon a series of shots of a woodpecker feeding from flower blossoms in a tree. I was relatively certain that the bird was a Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons but, time and memory being what they are I figured a quick search online to make sure couldn’t hurt. Birds honduras subspecies woodpeckers

Acorn Woodpeckers: The Clowns of the Avian World

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Why would I call these beautiful woodpeckers the “clowns of the avian world?” ” Besides the facial features of the Acorn Woodpecker ( Melanerpes formicivorus ) appearing somewhat clown-like, they are a joy to watch and some of their antics are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Both the male and female of the species have a bright red crown. v=HUkc0mEnSVU This is the male Acorn Woodpecker hanging from my suet feeder.

How to see a Black Woodpecker in Germany

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Black Woodpeckers are usually easy to find in Germany. However, even in the age of alternative facts, there is no denying it: Here in Germany, Black Woodpeckers are no big deal. As you can see, unless you are in the immediate vicinity of the North Sea shore, you are very likely within a few miles’ reach of Black Woodpeckers. So, to sum it up, the basic step for finding Black Woodpeckers here in Germany is: Enter a forest.

Is That A Crazy Woodpecker Trying To Eat Your House?

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Short answer: The woodpecker is most likely not crazy and noshing on the house is not what the woodpecker has in mind. Woodpeckers could be pecking on homes for a variety of reasons, all of which can drive a non birder a bit batty. So, why do woodpeckers peck on human made structures? There are several species of birds we enjoy for their songs-- American Robins, Carolina Wrens, Wood Thrushes and maybe even Red-winged Blackbirds. Birds woodpeckers

White-headed Woodpeckers Nesting at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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A birding friend of mine listed nesting White-headed Woodpeckers ( Picoides albolarvatus ) on the local Shasta County listserve so I thought I’d head up to Lassen Park to check it out. White-headed Woodpecker Male. The White-headed Woodpecker is a non-migratory bird found in mixed coniferous forests dominated by pine trees in far western North America. Yah, another western species.

Come@Me: Invasive Species Can Be Awesome

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And hey, speaking of empire – is there any more beautiful clap-back to European colonization than the fact that various species of psittacine, exploited and stolen and in so many cases extirpated by eager collectors, have now become noisily acclimatized free-flying life forms in the parks of Brooklyn and San Francisco and especially London? We here at 10,000 Birds have no shame and it was either this or lots of posts about woodcocks, boobies, and woodpeckers.

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Invasive Species Week Wrap-Up

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Perhaps our outrage at invasive species can be a bit hypocritical at times. Listers are quick to put aside their condemnation of invasive species once they attain that coveted status of exotic: not native, not fully naturalized, but established well enough to be countable by the prevailing authority. The rapid proliferation of the European Starling is, on the species level, equivalent to incalculable fortunes of billionaire moguls.

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Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

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As I got out of my car, about fifty feet from Manzanita Lake, I heard the loud drumming of a woodpecker. I didn’t know what species of woodpecker it was, but I knew it was just in the clearing on the other side of the road. If not for the drumming, I would probably not have seen the Black-backed Woodpecker ( Picoides arcticus ), listed by authors of some field guides as “scarce,” by others as “uncommon to rare.” It was July of 2012.

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The Wryneck: Biology, Behaviour, Conservation and Symbolism of Jynx torquilla: A Book Review

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The Eurasian Wryneck is the woodpecker that doesn’t look like a woodpecker, the bird with the portmanteau name that is also a medical condition (and which may remind some people of a Nora Ephron essay). Gerard Gorman is a prolific writer on woodpeckers and related topics.

Spotting Red-cockaded Woodpeckers on Eglin Air Force Base

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker. It also meant Red-cockaded Woodpeckers could be nearby. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are rare. As a result of development and loss of their habitat, their populations have vastly declined , and they have been listed as a federally Endangered Species. This was my second time on the recreation area specifically looking for the woodpecker, and it looked like another bust. I had already walked nearly eight miles, feeling tired but content.

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314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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Like any birder visiting a new place, I had a target species list I was hoping to seek out during the one day I had available between business commitments. It shows that of 588 species assessed, 314 species in the continental United States and Canada will lose half or more of their current ranges by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace (which is approximately 8 degrees F of warming by the end of the century). White-headed Woodpecker. Species.

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Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide–A Review

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Picidae, Woodpecker, is one of those charismatic bird families that everybody gets excited about. Unless the woodpecker is drumming a hole into your garage, and then, well, it’s a different kind of excitement.) So, it is strange that while books have been written about owls and hawks, and the semi-charismatic seabirds and shorebirds, there have been few books written about woodpeckers. Gorman is the perfect woodpecker author. Reviews book review woodpeckers

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Our Audubon Chapter Campout at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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One of the best things about our annual Lassen Park campout is that we get to see several species of birds that are rarely, if ever, seen in the Sacramento Valley. Many of those species also nest in the park. According to their website , Lassen Volcanic National Park provides habitat for approximately 216 species of birds in which 96 have been known to actually breed in the park. We will hopefully see the rare Black-backed Woodpecker ( Picoides arcticus ) as well.

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Fire and Rain

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Severe fires create snags, they germinate seeds and sprout fungus, and most of all they create food and habitat for insects that in turn feed birds like Black-backed Woodpecker and Olive-sided Flycatcher , and encourage even some generalists like other woodpeckers and wrens. There is currently a push to place the Black-backed Woodpecker, in its Oregon/California and South Dakota populations, under the protection of the Federal Endangered Species Act.

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There it is, on a tree!

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The three of us were waiting for about an hour at only 2°C, having Great , Eurasian Blue and Coal T**s , Eurasian Nuthatch , Common Blackbird , Goldcrest and Middle Spotted Woodpecker. Avala is a low, gentle sloping, wooded mountain (oak, hornbeam and maple; beech at higher elevation), barely over 500 metres high, inhabited by six woodpecker species – Great , Middle and Little Spotted , Green , Gray-headed (rare) and Black (about two pairs).

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Madera Canyon: The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge

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In a check of the eBird hotspot list for Santa Rita Lodge, it shows a life list there of 170 species, and approaching 13,000 check lists submitted. Most days you will get a good look at the Arizona Woodpecker. Birding Arizona Woodpecker hummingbirds Madrra Canyon Mexican Jay Santa Rita LodgeRarely does the name Madera Canyon come up without most North American birders taking pause to recognize the importance to birding in the Southwest U.S.

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Some of My Christmas Day Yard Birds

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Clicking on most of these photos will open a new tab taking you to my 10000 Birds posts on that respective species The post on the California Scrub-Jay above is here. One of the first species I noted were a pair of Anna’s Hummingbirds. Another California endemic, the Nuttall’s Woodpecker made an appearance… As did the family oriented Acorn Woodpecker.

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The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

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While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree. I had two possibilities, an uncommon Middle Spotted or scarce White-backed Woodpecker – which would have been a lifer for me. So, I wrote to my friend Giorgos Spiridakis, a bird guide living by Kerkini Lake , further east, if he could help me with this elusive woodpecker. One Grey-headed Woodpecker flies across the road – a promising start.

Grayish Piculet – Diminutive Endemic

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Woodpeckers are phenomenally well-represented in Colombia and the country holds anything from 42 to 44 of the world’s woodpecker species, depending on which list you follow. That’s over 20 % of all the woodpeckers found worldwide. And then there’s everything in between – the sapsuckers, true woodpeckers, flickers and wrynecks. The piculets are a distinctive and unique sub-family of woodpeckers that are best represented in South America.

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A Day With The Acorns

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We are at 2000 feet altitude, in dry chaparral, desert scrub, and the feature on this sign was the Acorn Woodpecker. We are so far from any kind of habitat or plant life that would possibly support the Acorn Woodpeckers. Low and behold, the trees are full of Acorn Woodpeckers. They were black, not the usual bright white of every other Acorn Woodpecker I have seen. I could see it now, a whole new species, with my name following in italics!

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Northern Flicker Intergrade in California

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The Northern Flicker ( Colaptes auratus ) is the third largest woodpecker in North America if you count the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. It is smaller than the Pileated Woodpecker. You can see that the male of the species has a bright red mustache not present on the female. They have that remarkable protrusile tongue that is characteristic of woodpeckers. Note the bright red crescent on this bird’s nape, the field mark of a yellow-shafted sub-species.

Bosque El Centinela

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Up to this point, I have been drawn to Bosque De Coloma, mostly due to its location, ease of access, and some very nice diversity of terrain that supports a very large number of bird species. Almost immediately after climbing out of our taxi, I notice two things, one of the largest concentrations of swallows circling above the trees I have ever seen, and dozens of Acorn Woodpeckers chasing each other from Eucalyptus Tree to eucalyptus. Here is the Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Lower Peirce Reservoir-Singapore

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By the time we reached the Upper Thomson Road we had a spent three hours sauntering through the park and had a list of over forty bird species. We had not expected to see too many bird species on this short walk, but sometimes these short walks can have a surprise or two. We had not been expecting to see a Banded Woodpecker and there we had one right in front of us. However, I do have some photographs of the Banded Woodpecker ! Banded Woodpecker.

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Living in, on and around cactus

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Members of the genus Pachycereus , there are a couple of species which are quite prevalent here on the southern Baja. Once the fruit is ripe, it becomes a primary source for many species. The Gila Woodpecker is the first to break the fruit open, gets it fill and moves on. First the Gila Woodpecker. A few minutes later, the Gila Woodpecker was back, and in a was very excited. Birding cactus desert birds Gila Woodpecker Hooded Orioles La Paz Mexico

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My 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

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I submitted five checklists from four different locations yielding 44 species. As the Red-Shouldered Hawk seen above screamed overhead, Acorn Woodpeckers not only treated themselves to the woodpecker feeder, they had to attack the sunflower feeders as well. The suet feeder was visited by not only the Scrub-Jays and Acorn Woodpeckers, the White-breasted Nuthatches and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers took their turns at the fat rich meal.

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Birding on Steroids or the Kerkini Lake in 10 Pictures

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Picture 7: Grey-headed Woodpecker – Picus canus. This time, we were looking for woodpeckers. Habitats here include arable fields – my first Common Quail of the season was singing Wet-mi-lips from one of them, with small poplar forests – from where a characteristic call of the Eurasian Green Woodpecker came. Should I add, this is my best sighting of this uncommon species – ever! Trips Europe Greece owls raptors waterbirds woodpeckers

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Birding Flagstaff: A Green Detour

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Lewis’s Woodpecker, flycatcher or woodpecker? Dominated by pine forest, these parks and trails are home to western specialties like Steller’s Jay , M ountain Chickadee , Pygmy Nuthatch , and Violet-green Swallow along with more widespread species such as American Crow and White-breasted Nuthatch. The birds never called while I watched, unlike the noisy Acorn Woodpeckers nearby — an unusually quiet woodpecker species.

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Endangered Birds: 50th Anniversary for the Class of 1967

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Before the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), there was the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. endangered species was issued on March 11, 1967, under the earlier law, and those listings were ultimately grandfathered into the ESA. The “ Class of 1967 ” includes 36 species of birds, and they range from those delisted due to recovery to those lost to extinction. American Ivory-billed Woodpecker – Campephilus p.

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