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I watched Acorn Woodpeckers bring food to this nest cavity in a black oak multiple times. The young were squealing, which seems to be typical for this species (they don't sound much like the various other woodpecker young that I've heard). There was a moment of panic when a Cooper's Hawk flew into the area and chased after one of the adults, then perched near the granary tree (too bad I didn't have my spotting scope set up yet - damn!). But after a minute or so, it left and the woodpeckers carried on with the task of feeding the nestlings. I was interested to see them nesting in the same cavity as last year. I've included a picture of the nest tree. The nest cavity is near the top of the tree and is circled in white.

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Acorn Woodpecker - Photo (c) Dmitry Mozzherin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by dimus
emilyheaton's ID: Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)
Posted by emilyheaton about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Acorn Woodpecker - Photo (c) Dmitry Mozzherin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by dimus
curiousgeorge61's ID: Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Great pictures! They show so many aspects of the bird and its habits and environment.

Posted by curiousgeorge61 about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks CuriousGeorge! I'm participating in the update of the Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas, so I spend a lot of time looking for nesting and evidence of breeding. It's been an amazing opportunity to learn all sorts of neat things about the local avifauna.

Posted by emilyheaton about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Acorn Woodpecker - Photo (c) Dmitry Mozzherin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by dimus
greenrosettas's ID: Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)
Posted by greenrosettas about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Acorn Woodpecker - Photo (c) Dmitry Mozzherin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by dimus
emilyheaton's ID: Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)
Acorn Woodpecker - Photo (c) Dmitry Mozzherin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by dimus
Community ID: Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)
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