Tuolumne County Mystery Woodpecker - Solved!
- Thanks to a link from Dave Kiehl I am convinced that the bird I saw was a form of Nuttal's. The link was using Google Images and the search term Nuttall's Woodpecker. Many of the birds shown had darker head colors - although not as extensive as the bird I saw. I thought mine had the brownish red all the way from the forehead to the back - maybe not.
I'm almost tempted to go out with a birder photog friend and try to get a picture.
Nuttall's are common in this patch - so it is more likely to be that.