Lewis’s Woodpeckers Put On A Show



Lewis’s Woodpeckers (Melanerpes lewis) usually begin their molt in autumn and it can last through the winter.The bird above appears to be molting (click on photos for full sized images).

I noticed that they had returned from their breeding grounds a few weeks ago and were showing up in fairly large numbers among the large oaks along the rural route I take to work each morning.

They have a distinctive plumage and show conspicuous insect hawking behavior from the tree tops, easily seen from the roadway.

Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) photos by Larry Jordan

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Lewis’s Woodpecker

These images were taken with my digiscoping setup and I was fortunate to catch this bird as it took off from its perch.

Lewis’s Woodpecker In Flight

Lewis’s Woodpecker In Flight

I also shot some video of a couple of Lewis’s Woodpeckers, one foraging, possibly on acorns, in an oak tree and another (the bird pictured in the top photo) that was preening in a snag.

You will hear several other species of birds in the background including the , Western Scrub-Jay, , White-breasted Nuthatch and the high pitched chatter of the Lewis’s Woodpecker.

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Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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