I decided that it would be nice to see one of these uncommon birds and get it on my year list, so I drove over to Stonewall Mine to try to find it. I saw one individual well, and a possible second bird near the first. The single bird that was easily observed was fly-catching from perches in one large pine, and at one point pecked in between the scales of two different Jeffrey Pine female cones. The literature reports low percentages of "seeds" in the diet of these birds, so I thought it would be interesting to show the imperfect images I captured of this behavior - taken from quite a distance away.
Here is an image of the pine, right in the middle of the frame:
|Jeffrey Pine favored by Lewis's Woodpecker, late morning, Feb. 8, 2020|
|Lewis's Woodpecker and pine cone.|
|Flying to second cone.|
|Perched over second cone.|
These are beautiful birds and it's a treat to see them living their lives here in our local piny woods.