On the third day of Christmas... 3 tree hugging woodpeckers!
On the fourth day of Christmas, 4 visiting woodpeckers!
Aha! Could these be the culprits as to why my telephone has not been working? I'm just kidding but seriously, I found some interesting facts about these birds that I did not know about. Do you have woodpeckers in your area?
Acorn Woodpecker-(Melanerpes formicivorus)
A native of Southern California, this woodpecker spends most of its day banging its head against a tree. This is both work and a way of defending its territory. The Acorn Woodpecker is aptly named, it gathers acorns with a passion, and stuffs these acorns into just about any hole it can make or find. If you have Acorn Woodpeckers in your area you know they are loud, social creatures. These thickheaded critters have chisel-like bills, ideal for drilling into the bark of trees. You usually won't find these birds at the feeder, they like insects and the acorn for which they're named. http://www.canyonlife.com
Red-breasted Sapsucker http://www.backyardnature.com
Nuttall’s woodpecker has black wings and tail feathers with white barring. On the ventral surface, color is white with black spots and barring. It has a black forehead with white streaks on the sides and an unbarred black region at the top of the back. Adult males have a distinguishable red crown which females do not. http://en.wikipedia.orgOne thing for sure that I discovered...
You can't just have one acorn woodpecker. You have to take him, or her, with his whole family. The acorn woodpecker lives in small gregarious flocks. http://www.laspilitas.comI just love the male woodpecker's little red cap! Sometimes when we're out on the ranch, their pecking sounds like music and we stop and listen for awhile. It's such a distinct sound but at other times, when it seems to never end, it can be a bit annoying. These birds were captured with the Nikon D200.
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