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Guarding The Feeder   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker Guarding the Bird Feeder — Image by kenne

Don’t test me; I’m good

my middle name, protector

Is what I’m about.

— kenne

Gila Woodpecker At Hummingbird Feeder   Leave a comment

This Gila Woodpecker Thinks He’s A Hummingbird — Image by kenne

Gila woodpeckers have been coming to the hummingbird feeder for several weeks now, and when I see him, I frighten him away. 

This morning I decided to get a photo. This is because woodpeckers are so adept at holding on to most anything.

They can do this because of two front and two back toes (zygodactyl toes). This clever foot formation, 

which can look like an X or a K, allows birds to grip things more efficiently. Add the fact that the tongues of woodpeckers 

can extend as much as 2 inches past the tips of their bills, and they like sweet things, such as fruit. 

Conclusion: this feeder is as much a woodpecker feeder as a hummingbird feeder.

— kenne

Gila Woodpecker On A Saguaro — Image by kenne

Gila Woodpecker   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker — Images by kenne

“I enjoy watching the woodpeckers. They don’t fly away until I come quite close to them.”

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio (July 10, 2022) — Images by kenne
Having Water and Food Available Daily Attracts Many Birds

“Gila Woodpeckers are grayish brown birds with brilliant black-and-white barring on the wings, back, and tail.
In flight, the outer wings are black with a crescent-shaped white patch at the base of the primary feathers.
Males have a red patch in the center of the crown.” –
– Source:

Gila Woodpecker Bites The Dust   Leave a comment

Dead Gila Woodpecker — Image by kenne

cause of death not known

triple-digit temps, maybe 

June in the desert

— kenne

Gila Woodpecker   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker — Image by kenne

Gila woodpecker

Pecking holes in saguaros.

Headache, what headache?

— kenne

Birds In The Treetop   Leave a comment

Birds In The Treetop — Gila Woodpecker, American Kestrel and Five American Goldfinches (October 6, 2021) — Image by kenne

We walked with an early morning Audubon lead bird walk group through the Sweetwater Wetlands a few days ago. (1/800 s at f/10, ISO 400)
The tree was about 100 years away, photographed using my 28/300 mm lens.

Gila Woodpecker On Saguaro   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker On Saguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Gila woodpecker
Contrast with saguaro green
Sabino blue skies.

— kenne

A Gila Woodpecker Morning   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker — Images by kenne

Gila woodpeckers can be very annoying on our patio.
The chase off smaller birds at the feeders and they can be very noisy. 

No Concussions Here   6 comments

Gila Woodpecker blog II

Gila Woodpecker High Pass blogGila Woodpecker — Images by kenne

Interesting Fact:

There are several ways woodpeckers have adapted to all the head-banging,
including having a long tongue that wraps around their brain. — kenne


Gila Woodpecker On A Saguaro Cactus   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker (1 of 1)-2 blog

Gila Woodpecker (1 of 1) blogGila Woodpecker On A Saguaro Cactus — Images by kenne

“You’re better equipped for this world than I am,” she said.

“I’m always trying to change the world.

You know how to live in it.”

― Tom Robbins, from Still Life with Woodpecker

Capturing The Moment — Gila Woodpecker In Desert Heat   2 comments

Desert Museum Gila Woodpecker (1 of 1) gila woodpecker blog

Desert Museum (1 of 1)-4 gila woodpecker blogGila Woodpecker in Desert Heat — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Gila Woodpecker   6 comments

Ned's Nature Walk -- 01-1-09-13

A medium size woodpecker, the Gila Woodpecker often makes his/her home in saguaro cactus — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — The Arizona State Flower Graces The Spring Desert   5 comments

Last Friday I had planned on hiking up to Seven Falls, but while driving to the Sabino Canyon Center, I decided to walk the trails near the center to photography the saguaro cactus in bloom. 

While some saguaros may not yet have buds many do and are blooming daily. Now that most of the desert’s wildflowers have come and gone, these beautiful cactus blossoms are the current desert  flower show.

These creamy-white, 3-inch-wide flowers with yellow centers usually bloom May and June. However, like most of the Sonoran Desert flowers this year, the blooming season has been much earlier.

Clustered near the ends of branches, the blossoms open during cooler desert nights, during which  time the blossoms are visited by nectar-loving bats.

Each flower will bloom only once, closing by the next midday.

Before closing by midday the white-winged dove is a primary pollinator, along with  the gila woodpecker and the gilded flicker.

Birds Along Trail In The Early Morning   3 comments

Western Bluebirds Facing the Morning Sun

Cactus Wren in a Phainopela’s Favorite Place

Gila Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker — Images by kenne

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