Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis), Markleeville, Alpine County, California - 25 August 2014. Linked to eBird checklist: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19574371
Perched along trail to the NE of debris basin. Sev. reported here since winter.
nesting, feeding young
Lewis's Woodpecker seen the day before and photographed this day, reported publicly by others a week later, all with landowner's permission. Site is periodically open to public primarily for events, with access by approval of mgmt. Rarely reported wintering bird in central Texas.
Poor picture but unmistakeable
This is not a bird seen very often. I wouldn't have known to look for it but our ranger, Monique, spotted it!
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.