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Ladder-backed Woodpecker ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Wetlands
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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson,AZ 2010

This widespread, adaptable woodpecker is associated with lowland pinyon-juniper woods, pine forsets, riparian cottonwoods, and deserts of the southwest. Like other small woodpeckers it often forages by gleaning prey from crevices in bark rather than excavating pits or peeling bark.

Interesting Fact; They eat cactus fruit, as well as the gilded flicker and gila woodpecker.

VOICE is a short, sharp pik or chip, similar to the Downy Woodpecker but lower and richer.


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  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 4 years ago

    hey woody…lol.. great capture

  • Lol, thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichalmost 4 years ago

    He looks a lot like a Downy, which we have here. Great shot, Kimberly.

  • I can see that a bit. Other than the more spots and red cap on this one. I would love to see a downy, maybe one day …hehe. Thank you David, i appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful closeup my friend..Hugs..Tom

  • Thanks Tom!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartalmost 4 years ago

    This is awesome Kim

  • Dennis! Thank you dear, I hope you are well my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyalmost 4 years ago

    We have a woodpecker here in Florida that looks just like this one, however we call it a “Red Bellied” woodpecker. merry x mas my dear and good tidings for the coming year!

  • Your Red-bellies are a beautiful bid indeed. Other than the spots on this guy and black facial pattern, I can see the similarities… Thank you Franklin!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Love the feathers Kimberly!

  • I was very excited to have been able to capture this shot. he was very mobile and scaring off others trying to land in “his” Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 3 years ago

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much! It is an honor to be among the featured!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kelly Normandeau
    Kelly Normandeauover 3 years ago

    “Congratulations!!!!” :)

  • Thank you Kelly!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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