All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Acorn woodpecker</strong>
<em>Melanerpes formicivorus</em> 
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
June 26, 2006<br>
This comical-looking woodpecker visited us while my uncles, aunts, and cousins had a picnic at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Th...
Acorn woodpecker
Melanerpes formicivorus
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
June 26, 2006

This comical-looking woodpecker visited us while my uncles, aunts, and cousins had a picnic at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. This one is a male, the females have a smaller patch of red on the top of the head. These woodpeckers make holes in tree bark, utility poles, and other wooden structures which they put acorns in for winter storage. (see following photos) My cousins and I got a big laugh when we were in Santa Cruz and we saw a black-haired young man with a red mohawk hair style; we thought he looked like the Acorn woodpeckers!

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