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Gila Woodpecker

Melanerpes uropygialis

Habitat:

Suburban area near Saguaro-dominated desert

Notes:

This desert woodpecker was seen entering and exiting its nest hole in a Saguaro Cactus. I heard the cries of its chicks inside. I also heard its call, “Churr!” I realize now that Gila Woodpeckers remove the cactus spines around the tunnel entrance to prevent injury.

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4 Comments

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

Thank you!

I don't know JoshuaGSmith! I just checked my 2 spottings of Gila Woodpecker to see if there is any above their nest holes but none!
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/293...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/304...
Love your spotting!

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

Quick question. Does anyone know what the "mud" is above the tunnel entrance?

WoW!

JoshuaGSmith
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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2014
Submitted on Jun 1, 2014

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