Woodpeckers at McClellan Ranch

Sorry that I haven’t uploaded in awhile. I got busy with my school work and also working on a book. There is a surprise to be revealed soon.

The beauty of living in California is that you get to see many biomes in one place. McClellan Ranch in Cupertino is one great example. It has two biomes – wood lands and grasslands. It is also the home of Santa Clara Audubon Society. Along with woodland and grassland, Santa Clara Audubon also hangs bird feeders. It is a treat for a bird enthusiast to visit McClellan Ranch and see many variety of birds there.

I participated in my first Birdathon on April 20th, 2019 at McClellan Ranch. We saw many species but one of the key highlight was seeing 4 species of woodpecker on the feeders. These woodpeckers were – the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker, the Acorn Woodpecker, and the Nuttal’s Woodpecker. Today I will be overviewing the woodpeckers.

Acorn Woodpecker

The Acorn Woodpecker is the most common woodpecker around the Bay Area. It is typically found in tall temperate forests. If you see a tree with the pecked holes, try to see if there are acorns in those holes. You may be surprised by Acorn Woodpecker sighting. They also
frequent feeders at McClellan Ranch. The Acorn woodpecker is different than Nuttall’s Woodpecker as it has a much bigger red head and no spot marking on the body.

Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker is a non migratory woodpecker found across the United States,
Canada and Alaska. This is the smallest woodpecker in North America. The Downy and Hairy Woodpecker looks very similar. The key difference to remember is that the beak of Downy
Woodpecker is half the size of it’s head. The Hairy Woodpecker has its bill as long as its head. The male Downy Woodpecker has a white belly, black wings with white spots, a striped head and a smaller red nape on the head.The female lacks the red nape.

Hairy Woodpecker

The Hairy Woodpecker is a non migratory woodpecker. They are found in Alaska, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. The Hairy Woodpecker (male and female) looks exactly like the Downy Woodpecker (male and female) but have a longer bill to the size of their head. Like Downy Woodpecker female, Hairy Woodpecker female doesn’t have a red nape on the head.

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

The Nuttall’s Woodpecker is a non migratory woodpecker native to California and Baja
California. The male Nuttall’s Woodpecker has black and white spots on back and breasts. It has black and white stripes on the head along with red nape. The female Nuttall’s Woodpecker lacks the red nape. They are confused with Ladder-backed
Woodpecker that has a full red crown. The Nuttall’s Woodpecker are found in open
woodlands and nest in the tree cavities. They forage on the trees.

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