Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An old friend, Nuttall's Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker.© 2009 ShootingMyUniverse
This is an old friend of mine from California. I was very pleased to have him briefly stop by the tree with the Yellow Rumped Warblers at the park in San Jose’. This is the first time that I’ve seen a Nuttall’s take a berry. This bird is only found in California and northern Baja California.

9 comments:

A New England Life said...

At first glance I would have sworn it was a Downey woodpecker. Very nice shot Steve! Glad you met up with your old friend ; )

Craig Glenn said...

Nice photo and I too was going with downy! I am kind of glad we don't have these as I am still trying to learn the difference between the downy and hairy!

Craig

Eve said...

Glad you got to see him again Steve!

Jenny said...

Nice shot Steve, you got the gleam in the eye! (-: I saw Nuttall's Woody during my California trip, just can't remember where now. Would have to look up in my notes.
That is a weird looking berry bush, do you know what it is?

Tabib said...

Great picture & posing, perfect - except a slight distracting foreground.
I wish to have a friend like this that visited me regularly.

Steve B said...

Hi Eve, Being a New Englander, one would expect a Downy or Hairy. It seems to be bigger than a Downy and smaller than a Hairy.

Hang in there Craig, once you see a Downy and Hairy side-by-side, you'll see the size difference. Plus when you see the bill on the Hairy, you'll know for sure you can tell the difference.

Hi Eve, I was real pleased. It has been about 19 years since I've seen one properly.

Hi Jenny, I have no idea what kind of tree. I asked around, but no joy. I also noted that all the birds taking the corns favored the blue ones.

Yah, Tabib, I was shooting from the front of the tree to the back. I was happy that I got what I did. This was my only hole to shoot through.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Great shot Steve. It is always nice to have these old friends back again.

Kerri said...

Fabulous capture!!

Steve B said...

Thanks Joan and Kerri!

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