Photogenic Golden-fronted Woodpeckers

We made a quick run through San Angelo State Park this morning.  We were so surprised to see so many Golden-fronted Woodpeckers there.  Like they were having a convention.

They get their name from the small golden patch above the bill and below the eyes.  The male and female each also have a golden patch on the nape, but the male has a distinctive red patch atop the head.  To me, they are the most photogenic of all of the woodpecker species.  Here are three of my images.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker – male

Golden-fronted Woodpecker – female

Golden-fronted Woodpecker – male

I hope you enjoyed these photos.  Click on any of them to see an enlargement.  Tomorrow, Monday morning Ann and I are headed for Miles, Texas.  It is a little farming town about 20 miles from here.  Our good friend Sue Oliver called this afternoon to tell us of a huge flooded area, left over from our heavy rains a few weeks ago.  It is teeming with shorebirds, etc.  I will give you a report later.

Here is a list of the birds that we saw this morning at San Angelo State Park.

  1.    Black-crested Titmouse
  2.    House Sparrow
  3.    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  4.    Mourning Dove
  5.    White-winged Dove
  6.    Northern Mockingbird
  7.    Pyrrholoxia
  8.    House Finch
  9.    Northern Cardinal
  10.    Spotted Towhee
  11.    White-crowned Sparrow
  12.    Canyon Towhee
  13.    Red-winged Blackbird
  14.    Northern Harrier
  15.    Northern Shoveler
  16.    American Coot
  17.    Greater Roadrunner
  18.    Western Meadowlark
  19.    Turkey Vulture
  20.    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  21.    Killdeer
  22.    Lark Bunting

24 thoughts on “Photogenic Golden-fronted Woodpeckers

  1. Lovely photos of a stunning bird. Such brilliant patches of colour, and amazing barring on the wings, too – it would be good to know what the purpose of them is!

  2. Not only have I (not surprisingly) not seen this species, I wasn’t aware of them at all. Another bird to study up on!

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