Lewis’s Woodpecker For Skywatch Friday

by Larry Jordan on March 25, 2009

Lewis’s Woodpecker photos by Larry Jordan

The Lewis’s Woodpecker is on the National Audubon Society’s watchlist mostly due to habitat loss.  They breed in open forests of Ponderosa Pine or Cottonwood which are declining across their range.  They are, however, year round residents of northern California and may be spotted flying from the tops of oak trees out to hawk insects and then back to the oak tree in a pattern similar to that of the Black Phoebe.

They are graceful in flight and a lot of fun to watch as they do their acrobatic flycatching runs.

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Natural Moments March 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

I once saw a huge flock of them along a river in stands of dying cottonwoods in northcentral Washington State. I had a do a double take on them because they were so colourful and very talkative with one another. The odd thing was that there were so many of them in one place. Could have been the abundance of dead trees there.


Carver March 26, 2009 at 11:07 am

Great shots here of the woodpecker and also loved the one you used for the skywatch homepage.

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SandyCarlson March 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

My gut churns whenever I read animals are struggling to survive because of habitat loss.

These are beautiful shots.


Rob Ripma March 26, 2009 at 11:20 am

Awesome shots of a beautiful bird!


Kilauea Poetry March 26, 2009 at 11:57 am

One word- awesome!
That top one is so neat with the ghosted limbs-


Janie of Utah March 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Beautiful bird pho tos, and an impeccable sky.
I love the one of the bird in flight.


East Gwillimbury WOW! March 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Beautiful birds, especially in flight. So sorry their habitat is threatened. Grrr!

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Andy Carbaugh March 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Great shots. especially of the one in flight. They are hard to capture.


babooshka March 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

It is spectacular

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tootie March 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm

A beautiful bird, that I had never seen before.

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Larry March 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm

@Bernie they do seem to gather in flocks in the spring as they feed

@Carver thank you very much and thanks for making us aware of Epilepsy Awareness Day

@Sandy I know exactly how you feel. Thank you for stopping by with a comment

@Rob thanks! I will make it back to your site for the bird quiz

@Regina thank you very much

@Janie thank you. I love your Utah photos!

@EG Tour Guide if we all work hard to expand the awareness of the planet’s problems, I believe we are on our way to a better world

@Andy thank you, I worked hard to get a few decent in flight shots of these guys

@Babooshka thanks and Happy Blogoversary to you!

@Tootie the Lewis’s Woodpeckers are only found in the west and they are gorgeous in person. Thanks for stopping by!


Kallen March 27, 2009 at 4:09 am

Such a pretty bird and such beautiful, blue skies!

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Blossom March 27, 2009 at 4:20 am

I love birds. You have a nice page here.

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Tink *~*~* March 27, 2009 at 4:28 am

Hi Larry and Happy Skywatch! Love the melting of gray to red on this bird, and loved your sky photo too.

Tink *~*~*
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istanbuldailyphoto March 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

Birds and freedom. Observers of the sky, the old birds …


Arija March 27, 2009 at 8:57 am

Great shot to capture it in flight with the red belly.

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MaineBirder March 27, 2009 at 8:58 am

Great shots Larry, love the BIF!


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