Date: 1/30/18 7:39 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Re: "Year of the Lewis's Woodpecker"
As Sally Hill notes, this has been a good winter for Lewis's Woodpeckers in the Willamette Valley.
There are actually more than you've heard about, as some locations on private land could account for nine or ten more than have been reported on OBOL, the MidValley list, and eBird combined.
Unfortunately this probably doesn't represent an increase in the overall population.
Rather, it might result from the unusual situation following fires in the Columbia Gorge area this summer, which drew unprecedented numbers of Lewis's Woodpeckers into that area during fall migration (they are often drawn to recent burns during migration). And then some of them trickled into the Willamette Valley, perhaps aided by the mild winter which has kept insect populations high.