Monday, September 13, 2010
One afternoon, from my living room, I heard a loud pecking noise, louder than the sound of Scrub jays cleaning our gutters or the Oak titmouse beating open a sunflower seed on the platform outside the kitchen window. Curious, I went followed the pounding toward the kitchen. There wasn't anything on the feeding platform. Looking out another window, toward the side of the house I spotted a Nuttall's woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) drilling a hole into the wooden fence attached to our house.Once he saw me, he moved about the fence then a tree above it, and finally left the yard. Although I often see these woodpeckers foraging in the canopy of the valley oak in our backyard, I haven't seen them in our front yard since early spring.