OK, I think this is my last contribution to the woodpecker and jay (extended) week. It isn't the best shot, but I wanted to include this Arizona Woodpecker because it is so different from most, and since its US range is so limited, to the very southeast corner of Arizona, it's not one that most people have seen. It is the only woodpecker with a solid brown back. The red on its head indicates that it is a male. It is an uncommon resident of foothills and mountain canyons, usually in pine-oak woodlands.
I hope you haven't gotten sick of all the woodpeckers and jays--until Wayne and I started this, I hadn't realized how many of these birds I had photographed. It has been fun for me to share these with you, and to see Wayne's posts as well.
For jay and woodpecker week, here is a Lewis's Woodpecker--quite different from most woodpeckers with his pink breast, red face, and shiny green back and head. They sometimes winter in my local mountains. Hope I'm not stepping on Wayne's toes--this bird does occasionally winter in parts of Texas, but it is not in its usual range. A couple of years ago there were about 25 of these birds wintering at Silverwood Lake, in the San Bernardino mountains. They were flying all over, from tree to tree--I didn't know where to focus my camera first!
Keeping in Wayne's theme of the week of jays and woodpeckers, this is a Red-breasted Sapsucker, photographed in the east side of the Sierras. It is perched by its sap wells described by Wayne yesterday--as sap seeps into the wells, it "sucks" up the sap with that specialized tongue. This sapsucker lives in coniferous and mixed forests in west coastal mountain ranges. One identifying marker for sapsuckers as compared to other woodpecker, is the long white wing patch.