Northern Flicker along the Tuolumne River bluffs, as well as a Downy Woodpecker at Turlock Lake Reservoir, the first one I've seen on my bird travels (they're not rare; I've just not been observant). So, the other day we were exploring around Horseshoe Pond on the Stanislaus River, and one more kind of woodpecker made an appearance. It was a Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii).
Sierra Nevada Birds by David Lukas
(my latest acquisition in the birding book department), the bird is not
particularly well-known or well-studied, at least in the Sierra Nevada
region. This is supported by the very limited information on the Cornell birding site,
mostly single sentences about the bird's nesting feeding habits. Though
the bird lives in oak habitat, it doesn't eat acorns. Instead it
searches for insects in the bark of trees. Today's bird was a female;
the male has a red spot on the head.
What will the next woodpecker be? The Stanislaus County bird list shows 3 more relative common ones (Lewis Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and Hairy Woodpecker), and two more that have been seen, but only rarely (Red-naped Sapsucker, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker). I'll be watching!