[Tweeters] Acorn Woodpecker reports

vogelfreund at comcast.net vogelfreund at comcast.net
Sun Oct 3 23:54:09 PDT 2010

As for me, I haven't seen an Acorn Woodpecker since early 1970's in SE Arizona. But I wanted to mention that at least a couple of them in the officer housing area (oaks) on Fort Huachuca were seen feeding from (clinging to) hummingbird feeders. I also saw a pair flycatching high in the Chirichaua Mountains (too high for oaks).

Phil Hotlen
Bellingham, WA
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Subject: [Tweeters] Acorn Woodpecker reports


I just reviewed my King County e-mail archives for this year and re-discovered two earlier King County possible Acorn Woodpecker reports, neither of which could be verified.

One was a report published in the Queen Anne & Magnolia News in an article by Kelly Sullivan reporting a sighting of a woodpecker July 14, 2010, that “looked like” the photo the paper published, the photo being of an Acorn Woodpecker. However, the photo was not of the bird in question but presumably from some website. The observer commented that she was struck by the bird’s “red topknot.” Fran Wood posted the note about this article and photo to tweeters July 19.

The second was a report of one in Bellevue at the home of Andi Olsen, October 15, 2009. I called and left a message asking her to call me if it ever returned, but it apparently did not. I didn’t put much stock in it at the time. If anyone knows anything more about these reports, I’d be interested to learn more.

In any case, neither report given the evidence I’ve seen is convincing, but with the spate of west side reports it does raise the eyebrows.

Gene Hunn

Lake Forest Park, WA

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