Ladder-backed Woodpecker

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.Ladder-backed Woodpecker (207) (1024x678) Ladder-backed Woodpecker (205) (1024x726) Ladder-backed Woodpecker (203) (1024x684) Ladder-backed Woodpecker (200) (1024x684)

 

Here’s a few other birds I spotted around Hutchinson Co. in late January

American CootAmerican Coot (14) (1024x688)

CanvasbackCanvasback (14) (1024x680)

American GoldfinchAmerican Goldfinch (16) (1024x680)

Western MeadowlarkWestern Meadowlark (46) (1024x664)

Northern CardinalNorthern Cardinal (96) (1024x624)

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