I went to Lake Santa Margarita this weekend to do some hiking and take a few photos of fine feathered friends I don’t see around the bay. I was fortunate enough to grab a day use picnic area on a private hill and directly under the home of an Acorn Woodpecker family. I was happy to finally capture a woodpecker to mark off my birding chart with a ‘happy face’ sticker. The Acorn Woodpecker is about 9-10 inches in size. I love the ‘clown’ face :O)
I have been trying to capture for about a month in my own neighborhood a very small and elusive woodpecker that is shy and very quick to leave his tree if I come anywhere around. Nothing like the Acorn woodpecker who was just fine with me hanging around their abode. However, this morning as I’m sipping my morning tea and I look out my office window – what do I see? The elusive woodpecker I’ve been searching for, now with a partner, hanging on a tree outside my office window. I very quickly grabbed my camera and slithered out the front door to finally capture this much smaller woodpecker – Nuttall’s Woodpecker (6-7 inches). A great start to my day!!