|Acorn Woodpecker on my porch - Had to share this one!|
Woodpeckers are all around my neighborhood. Peter and I took a walk and saw four different species in just a few minutes. They are so much fun to watch flying and pecking holes in the trees.
The most common one I see is the Acorn Woodpecker. He’s the one that looks a little like a clown and sounds like he is laughing. The male has a brilliant red cap starting at the forehead while the females have a black area between the forehead and the cap. Look for the white neck, throat, and forehead patches as field marks to identify these birds. They rely on acorns as well as insects for food and they often peck holes in a tree to store acorns for winter.
My new word for this post is zygodactyl Woodpeckers (and some other birds like parrots) have zygodactyl feet that consist of four toes, the first and the fourth facing backward and the second and third facing forward. This helps them grasp the limbs and trunks of trees. They can walk vertically up a tree trunk-good for activities such as foraging for food or cleaning out a nest. Woodpeckers fly in an up and down pattern and then glide. It reminds me of flying in a scallop pattern.
So next time you see a woodpecker, really look at it and find out what kind it is!