Woodpeckers are fairly common in the Arboretum. The most common species are the Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) and the Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), although Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) and others may be seen as well. They use their chisel-like beaks to peck holes in tree bark, looking for insects to eat.

Nuttall's Woodpecker

woodpecker.jpgA male Nuttall's woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) seen in the UC Davis Arboretum

bad_woodpecker_photo.jpgAnother male Nuttall's woodpecker seen in the UC Davis Arboretum


peek.jpgNuttalls made a nest and a little one in my front yard

feeding.jpgBoth mom and dad appear to feed him about equally. And this is the only time he shuts up.

Northern Flicker

EastDavis1.jpgNorthern Flicker Taken at the Davis CemeteryEastDavis2.jpgNorthern Flicker Taken at the Davis Cemetery


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2005-02-28 20:23:25   These photos should be replaced as soon as somebody can take a better photo of this species. —CarlMcCabe

2005-04-01 00:29:23   I've been trying to get good shots of woodpeckers for a few years, I think these are plenty good. —AlexMandel

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