Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons)
3 August 2016
Fort Clark Springs
Brackettville, Kinney County, Texas
Not the best of pics given we were pointing the camera against a gray sky and what light there was at the time, but it had the yellow lores and nape of a mature (male?) bird. It perched temporarily atop the dry uppermost twigs of a very tall pecan tree.
The Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) is a North American woodpecker. Its preferred habitat is mesquite and riparian woodlands. It is distributed from Texas and Oklahoma in the United States through Mexico to Honduras and northern Nicaragua. Cooke listed this species as an abundant resident of the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, in 1884.