Spring time, Rathrum ID. 2011, 2012. At the house I was renting.
This individual has been hanging around the same 3 or 4 trees for 2 weeks. This is a rare sighting for Los Gatos. Lewis's Woodpeckers are not uncommon in the eastern part of Santa Clara County, on Mt Hamilton and the San Antonio Valley.
A nice sighting of this uncommonly seen woodpecker sallying around a telephone pole in the open plains of Southern San Benito.
Photo through scope, 4 of them on top of tree, saw about 40 of them that whole walk with Thomas Bauman, who said it was unusual to see so many
The Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) is a large North American species of woodpecker which was named by ornithologist Alexander Wilson for Meriwether Lewis, one of the explorers who surveyed the areas bought by the United States of America during the Louisiana Purchase.