just back from doing the central NV loop this weekend, our morning walk was punctuated by the calls of the Acorn Woodpecker at the Park at around 10AM. The woodpecker was in a Red Oak tree in the Kleiner Oak Grove at the east edge of the Park and flew to the large willows in the Evans Creek riparian area. We observed him for about 5 minutes. We had just left Fred Peterson as we admired a Cooper’s Hawk in the garden, so were able to call him right away. Unfortunately, the woodpecker flew south out of the oak grove and disappeared flying towards the old neighborhood just west of the University.
It appears that the woodpecker may be on a circuit, hitting Rancho mid-morning and maybe at the university or the old neighborhoods at other times.
The loop this weekend was quiet, except for the large numbers of Northern Flickers (including one yellow-shafted) which we found at nearly every stop, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. In a batch of kinglets, maybe one dozen to two dozen, we were surprised to find one Golden-crowned Kinglet - at the Tonopah cemetery.