(BFF's) Gila Woodpecker ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in my backyard Marana, Az using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Gila woodpecker excavates nest cavities in large saguaro cacti of the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. It also thrives in suburbs with large saguaros and few houses, Pairs defend and reuse their nest cavities from year to year; abandoned cavities become homes for Elf Owls and other desert birds.

Perches vertically, clinging to poles, cactus’s, and trees, bracing itself with stiff tail feathers. Eats insects, fruits and berries. Like most woodpeckers, Gila’s are omnivores, sometimes eating small lizards and taking small bird eggs.

Males have a narrow red crown patch where females are unmarked

VOICE a rolling quirrr, similar to a Red-bellied Woodpecker; repeated wik notes; and repeated nasal, tinny deet or deetle

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  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 5 years ago

    Kimberly, I have been putting my oranges out on tree-branch stakes that I tape to a rod iron feeder stand. This is a new idea for me and I tried it this morning. The Magpies have been making short work of the oranges and maybe this way the songbirds (finches) will get to eat on them more. Thanks! Barb

  • LOL, I am glad I could give birth to a new idea! It keeps them from my house and walls as well as keeps them happy! Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rstrick2
    Rstrick2almost 5 years ago

    Great Shot of this woodpecker on the oranges. Try some grape jelly, i did and the Red Bellied came regularly to feed on it.

  • I will try that, thanks for the hint!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 5 years ago

    How gorgeous, he looks like a close relative of the flicker! Dee

  • Indeed they are in there own way. Smaller cousin so to speak! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly!!

  • As always Marvin, I appreciate your stopping by!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous … what an excellent idea, I might try it in Oz!

  • I like easy and cheap…lol. Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent captures!

  • Thank you Ingrid!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic, great image of a terrific bird, thanks for sharing, dave

  • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a supportive feedback!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

  • REALLY? Thank you so much Pam!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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