I felt like it was the 1980's all over again! This astonishing display occurred while he was on the tube feeder eating sunflower seeds and a house finch had the temerity to join him. He flew back and forth between the feeder and the magnolia, carrying seeds with him each time. Then he was gone. A few minutes later a female Nuttall's appeared at the feeder and repeated the male's behavior. Each appeared a few more times during the afternoon, but never at the same time. This led me to believe that they must be taking turns incubating eggs, perhaps somewhere nearby.
According to Audubon Nuttall's woodpeckers occur only on the West coast of the United States, mostly in California. They prefer oak woodland and excavate holes in dead limbs or trunks of several different trees to build their nest. Insects make up the majority of their diet but they also eat fruit and nuts and, apparently, seeds.
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