Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii
Diet of the Nuttall's
larval beetles make up a large portion of the Nuttall's woodpecker's
diet. The Nuttall's Woodpecker also eats Poison oak berries and other
fruits and berries as well as sap.
the Nuttall's woodpecker
Nuttall's woodpecker occurs almost exclusively in western and central
California from Sonoma county into the Baja California.
of the Nuttall's woodpecker
Nuttall's woodpecker excavates its nest cavity in dead portions of Cottonwood,
or Willow trees.
filled by the Nuttall's woodpecker
The Nuttall's woodpecker
forages in Oaks
other trees by
flaking of bark and probing rather than drilling.
status of the Nuttall's woodpecker
Nuttall's woodpecker, as a rule is not migratory but some will move
upslope after breeding .
community of the Nuttall's woodpecker
Nuttall's woodpecker prefers riparian and deciduous forest habitats.
This woodpecker prefers oak
woodlands for foraging and riparian plant communities for nesting.
Therefore it is found in the most abundance in the ecotone where these
to communities meet.
attract Nuttall's woodpeckers to your garden
If you live
anywhere in western or central California you have a good chance of
attracting a Nuttall's woodpecker to your garden. In your garden you
need food and nesting sites. Cottonwood
are excellent nest trees and quite attractive in a garden setting.
However, you also need dead wood for nesting sites. One way to make an
instant nest site is to put in a telephone pole.
Many woodpecker species will
drill their holes in telephone poles. If you have a mature tree already
in your garden do not remove snags. This is an excellent nest location.
As far as foraging sites these trees a fore mentioned will also give
good foraging locations. However, the Nuttall's woodpecker also eats
fruits. Poison oak is a favorite woodpecker plant. So unless you are
highly allergic to it, leave it in your garden. It is quite attractive
in the fall. If you do not like poison oak, most people aren't too fond
of it, you can plant Apple trees or any tall fruit bearing plant.