White Headed Woodpecker

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 19 May 2015

In the Summer of 2014 a pair of nesting woodpeckers took up residence about twenty feet from Peter's home.
White headed Woodpecker parents. Red spot marks male.
Peter enjoyed the neighbors, as they him.  The couple felt comfortable enough to bring three more tiny little woodpeckers into the High Sierra.
White headed Woodpecker chicks.
Uncle Peter!   Uncle Peter!
The males are decorated with the red patch on the back of their heads.

Here's what the National G says;

"Nests in open coniferous mountain forests, especially in ponderosa and sugar pine; casual at lower altitudes in winter. Feed primarily on seeds from ponderosa and sugar pine cones; also pries away loose bark in search of insects and larve."
Field Guide to the Birds of N America,  2nd ed., p.266.

Thanks, Peter for sharing the experience.

Peter has nice backpacker resources online. I like his account of hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

Then there are Mergansers.

After that, who could not like The Adventure Index?

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