Nuttall's Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii)

Nuttall's Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii) at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Orange County, California, United States. December 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Nuttall's Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii) at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Orange County, California, United States. December 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

A wonderful species of woodpecker found almost only in California. It looks very similar to the Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) which is not found in Orange County. The visual differences are mainly the head and back patterns. On this picture you can see a male Nuttall's Woodpecker, easy to recognize from the female thanks to his red on rear crown and upper nape.

Love Nature.
Jonathan