Friday, June 10, 2016

Rare Sight


I spotted this fellow on a palm tree in Tempe a while ago and had to get a shot.  According to my "Birds of Arizona" book, it's an Acorn Woodpecker.  I don't think I've ever seen one before.  He's a handsome fellow.

13 comments:

Andy said...

Lucky you. Keep your eyes open for more. :)

Christine said...

Nicely done! He is a handsome chap!

Stefan Jansson said...

A bit different from the woodpeckers in my area.

Steve Reed said...

He IS handsome!

RedPat said...

He looks really unusual, Sharon! Nice capture!

Lowell said...

This is a great shot of a delightful bird. We lived on the 2nd floor of a condo in Ft. Lauderdale and our window looked out at about this height to a similar looking palm, and the woodpeckers drove us crazy. They loved that palm tree!

William Kendall said...

The colours remind me a bit of a pileated woodpecker.

Catalyst said...

I think this fellow is much flashier than the Pileated Pecker of Wood. I used to see them frequently in Phoenix and seems they had striped coats.

Catalyst said...

Oh, wait, I was thinking of the Gila Woodpecker.

Kate said...

It must be fun to be a birder, esp when a bird like this is spotted. Great photo of the bird with the background of the tree.

Jack said...

An acorn woodpecker is new to me. Congrats on getting the photo. I find that woodpeckers flit around a lot and make it hard to photograph them.

Lois said...

A new one for me too! Very handsome.

Karl Demetz said...

Nice one, with a red head.