Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are one of the most common year-round woodpeckers in this area (Northern Flickers are another very common species, especially in the winter.) I see at least one nearly every time I go birding. They are small black and white striped birds that are very quick as they search for insects among the mesquites around the lake. The males have a bright red crest, while the females cap is black. I usually hear them chirping before I see them because they are so small and their stripes help them to blend into the shadows of the trees. I usually have to home in on their chirps and then scan the area for movement in order to see them. They have a roller-coaster flight pattern, as do all of the woodpeckers around here, that makes them easy to spot when they fly. I saw this one at Spring Canyon in late January.
Here’s a few other birds I spotted around Hutchinson Co. in late January