... From: George Chaniot To: Redbud Audubon Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 10:35 AM Subject: Re:
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From: "George Chaniot" <chaniot@...>
To: "Redbud Audubon" <redbudaudubo@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 10:35 AM
Subject: Re: Acorn Woodpeckers
> >On Saturday, Feb 23, Susanne Scholz, Jeannette Knight and Janet Swedberg
> >went up Siegler Valley Road and down into Deep Valley. About halfway
> >into the valley, we saw three Acorn Woodpeckers sitting in a tree. Each
> >one of them had a brown 3" x 3/4" (approx) stripe on the wing next to the
> >white patch. Although each of us has looked at hundreds of Acorn
> >Woodpeckers, none of us had ever seen this before, and we were unable to
> >find any reference in any of our bird books. Is it a feature peculiar to
> >this family, or is it a mating plumage variation? If you have any
> >information on this, please respond to redbudaudubo@...
> >Janet Swedberg
> Hi, Janet,
> I have never noticed this myself. I just looked at an Acorn
> Woodpecker out the window in front of me, and I couldn't see it. I checked
> in Pyle (Identification Guide to North American Birds) and he indicates
> that they molt once a year (Jul-Sep) and that some wing feathers
> (primaries,secondaries, and coverts) are not molted every year. My guess
> that the brown feathers are faded feathers that are more than one year
> I have seen Nuttall's Woodpeckers in late summer that were so brown that
> they looked surprisingly like Arizona Woodpeckers.
> Would you like me to post your question on Mendobirds? You could
> it yourself by sending it to Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com It's an
> interesting question.
> George Chaniot
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