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Golden-fronted Woodpecker with red berry

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Golden-fronted wood pecker with red berry in beak

Golden-fronted Woodpeckers live in South Texas and Mexico, with the majority of the population in Mexico. It tickled me to photograph this Male Golden-fronted Woodpecker with a red berry in its beak. I set up a tripod and 800mm lens because they are very skittish. They eat insects, berries and seed. I watched quite a while for this one to grab a berry from the plant where he touched down. 

Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

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Male Golden-Fronted Woodpecker perched on tree limb (sandra calderbank)Male Golden-Fronted Woodpecker perched on dead stump (sandra calderbank)Female Golden-Fronted Woodpecker perched on a branch with tongue out (sandra calderbank)


The Golden-Fronted Woodpecker is common in South Texas and Mexico, but certainly uncommon to me!  This woodpecker is so colorful and stunning with it’s yellow-orange nape. They like to hang on the side of trees and it seems that their favorite side of the tree is the one YOU are not on!  I recently visited the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas and was treated to  a multitude of extremely beautiful birds.