PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CAN YOU NAME THIS BIRD?

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April 7, 2013 (Julian) – This photo taken by Nadin Abbott in Julian stumped our staff initially when we were asked to identify the bird with dramatic black and white markings.

Fortunately, our “Bird Talk” columnist Greg Dunne checked with experts and confirmed that this beautiful bird in flight is Acorn Woodpecker.

“Acorn Woodpeckers are social birds,” he said, adding that they are less common locally than the similar Nutall’s Woodpecker.  Acorn Woodpeckers are found mainly in the mountain areas in San Diego County, including the Cuyamacas and Palomar Mountain, while Nutalls are typically seen in neighborhoods of Alpine, El Cajon, and La Mesa.