Date: 2/7/18 8:38 pm From: Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] White-headed Woodpecker at General Hitchcock Campground on Mt. Lemmon today
I know this report is going to be met with massive skepticism.
This afternoon at about 3:45 p.m., I saw a White-headed Woodpecker in the General Hitchcock Campground on Mt. Lemmon. It was perched high in a large pine tree, fully visible on a limb in good light.
Here is my description on my eBird report:
"Black woodpecker with white head except for nape. Small red patch between white on head and black on nape. Small white patch on primaries when perched was the only color on body and wings. When it flew a small white wing patch was visible. The wing patch was smaller than that of an Acorn Woodpecker."
I viewed the woodpecker for about 10 seconds before it flew off to the NNE toward the hill on the north side of the campground, before I could get a photo of it. I did not see it again.
I live in Yakima, WA. In Yakima County, where there are large stands of ponderosa pine forests with a fairly good population of White-headed Woodpeckers. I have seen many White-headed Woodpeckers over my years of birding and have photographed many of them. I am quite experienced with this species. I am very confident that I did see a White-headed Woodpecker today.
It appears from the official Arizona State bird list that a White-headed Woodpecker has never been seen in Arizona. Mt. Lemmon seems to be a very unlikely place for one to show up. I hope that someone stumbles upon this incredible bird and gets photos of it.
* * * * * * * * * * * * Denny Granstrand Yakima, WA dgranstrand AT gmail.com Denny Granstrand's bird photos can be seen at: