melanerpes (from melanos, black, and herpes, creeper) formicivorus (from forma, an ant, and voro, to devour)
Tuesday, April 3, 1984 — 6:45 am
Madera Canyon, Arizona — Santa Rita Lodge
We started the day with a visit to another one of North America’s birding Meccas, Madera Canyon. All sorts of rare and unusual birds call this place home, but we were too early in the season to see much. We spent an hour or so wandering up and down the wooded canyon, getting good looks at many of the birds I had seen earlier in the week, and many looks at a lifer, the Acorn Woodpecker.
I first spotted a pair perched on top of a telephone pole near the lodge where birders stay. (None were staying there at this time because it had recently burned to the ground.) The male had an acorn in its bill.
We soon spotted more all over the canyon, on feeders, poles, and trees. There was almost always at least one in sight the entire time we were in the canyon. At one point, I saw five on the same pole.