Acorn Woodpecker Juveniles Coming To My Feeders For Bird Photography Weekly

by Larry Jordan on July 5, 2009

Acorn Woodpecker Female with Juvenile Acorn Female With Juvenile all photos by Larry Jordan

Acorn Woodpeckers are cooperative breeders and live in family groups of a dozen or more individuals. I have been getting daily visits by a family teaching their juveniles where to go to get the good stuff!

Note this juvenile (in the foreground) has blue irises and a solid red crown. This is the plumage of both male and female juveniles of this species.

The adult female has a wide black band separating the red crown from her white forehead.

Female Acorn Woodpecker

The adult male Acorn Woodpecker has a solid red crown which I was able to capture standing up.

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Wren July 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

Awesome – looks like the female is playing peek-a-boo. These are such great birds and you got great pictures of them.


Monika Wieland July 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

Fantastic stuff. I’ve seen this species before, but I’ve never had such close views! It must be pretty special to watch the whole family in action right in your yard. Thanks for describing the subtleties of the different plumages.
.-= Monika Wieland´s last blog ..Happy Fourth! And Explorer Trip Superpod =-.


Mick July 5, 2009 at 11:08 am

Very striking colors on those birds. Great photos. I like the close-up look at the juvenile even showing the eye color.
.-= Mick´s last blog ..Noisy Friarbird =-.


chris July 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Hi Larry,
These woodpeckers are wonderful birds!! They look pretty big too! Fantastic pictures and I’d love to see some like this.
.-= chris´s last blog ..Why I’ve been chased away! =-.


Larry July 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm

@Wren these woodpeckers love to play peek-a-boo! They also seem to prefer the shady side of the tree. Sometime I will have to post some peek-a-boo shots 😉

@Monika I do consider myself blessed to be able to see so many species on my own property. It is so much fun to watch the adults and the fledglings this time of year

@Mick they are striking. Sometimes referred to as the “clowns” of the bird world

@Chris they are average size as far as woodpeckers go, about 9″. Nowhere near the size of the Pileated Woodpecker we saw last weekend (that I couldn’t get a shot of). They are huge at about 17″


Kelly July 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Gosh…these birds are gorgeous and so are your photographs of them. They have sweet faces. I’ve never seen one but would certainly like to some day! Lucky you to have a family visiting your yard!
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..Tricolored Herons and an Anhinga at Pinckney Island NWR, SC =-.


Neil July 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Great looking Woodpeckers love the bright red.
.-= Neil´s last blog ..Striated Thornbill =-.


Arija July 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Great shots showing the distinguishing features of the idividual birds.
.-= Arija´s last blog ..BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKLY ~ 16 White Faced Heron =-.


Ladynred July 6, 2009 at 7:14 am

These are beautiful birds. Love the color!
.-= Ladynred´s last blog ..The Hawk =-.


jga154 July 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

Great post Larry. I bet they are really awesome characters to watch.


bob k July 6, 2009 at 10:26 am

Another great documentary photo series, Larry! The last shot is awesome with the red crown raised.
.-= bob k´s last blog ..Oh, Jay Season =-.


wisconsinbirder July 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

.-= wisconsinbirder´s last blog ..Cedar Waxwings =-.


Kyle July 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Wonderful captures of the Acorns, Larry! They are so different from the woodpeckers I’m used to down here in Texas. Quite a beautiful bird!
.-= Kyle´s last blog ..Bird Photography Weekly: Birding Colorado =-.


MaineBirder July 7, 2009 at 9:54 am

Awesome photos Larry! They look like little stuffed toys. Cuties they are.
.-= MaineBirder´s last blog ..BPW: Fledglings =-.


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