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Gila Woodpecker & Berri~licious  by Kimberly Chadwick
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Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
Tucson, Arizona
Canon Powershot SX10IS

Gila Woodpecker

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

California Fan Palm

Occur naturally in desert oases in isolated areas of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of southeastern California, southwestern Arizona, and northern Baja California, Mexico, at elevations between 500 and 1,000 feet. Widely cultivated as an ornamental in Southern California.

The California Fan Palm does not produce dates, but does fruit elliptical black “berries” about 1/2 inch in diameter. These berries have a very large, brown seed surrounded by a thin, sweet pulp, which native Americans ate fresh or dried. They also ground the seeds into flour. Hooded orioles and coyotes feast on the seeds as well, aiding the palms’ proliferation.

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Comments

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture – very well done

  • Thank you Loree so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful…

  • Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 4 years ago

    Super viewing – Superb work Kimberly !!!….Tony

  • I had always wanted to call you Tony…lol, thank you so much my friend. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieabout 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

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  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Great work!

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations Kimberly. Excellent capture! (Please delete above message – sorry about the name)

  • LOL no worries. Been there too, thank you Lucinda!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 4 years ago

    Lovely image!

  • YAY! Thank you so very much! I am thrilled to be among the chosen!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    Kimberly, this is adorable. Congrats on your feature. Barb

  • Thank you very much Barb…and for the BM reminder…“blushing”

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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