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Acorn Woodpecker (Male)

Melanerpes formicivorus


Black and white bird with red crown. Males red crown touches the white face where as the females have black in between the red and white. The female can be seen at my other spotting:


California Fan Palm at Sandy Lake in Kit Carson Park. There are Oak trees nearby.


Since this bird's primary food source is acorns, most likely this one is making holes in the palm tree to store them. As the acorn dries out and shrinks, they move them to smaller holes for safe storage.

No species ID suggestions


Thank you very much, Joshua! It's a lovely mission and I'm happy to be a part of it :)

JoshuaGSmith 4 years ago

I would like to announce CindyBinghamKeiser's Acorn Woodpecker as 3rd place in our mission-wide photo contest. Congratulations!

CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

:) Thank you Ronald. You have great shots of wildlife being wild! Those are the best spottings!

Ronald Pilon
Ronald Pilon 7 years ago

Wow, you have beautiful pictures Cindy! Thanks for your interest and commenting on mine! :-)

CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Many thanks Toshimi!

ToshimiDowaki 7 years ago


CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank you Karen and SmallWonders!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 7 years ago

Beautiful pictures :)

KarenL 7 years ago

Lovely series Cindy!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.08, Long: -117.06

Spotted on Jan 25, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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