Colaptes auratus—Northern Flicker // Melanerpes—Melanerpes Woodpeckers
About a dozen species of woodpeckers occur in our region. Although woodpeckers are traditionally thought of as birds that drill into wood in search of wood-boring larvae, the flickers spend much time on the ground feeding on ants, the Acorn Woodpecker gathers and stores large numbers of acorns, and Lewis' Woodpecker will take insects in flight. The sapsuckers get some of their sustenance from sap, though much of the diet is from insects, many of which are attracted to the sap flowing from the drilling activity of the bird.
Early/Early-Mid Wisconsin: Lost Valley (Harris 1993c).
Literature. Harris 1993c.
Last Update: 23 Sep 2008