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.
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.