Posted by: atowhee | April 25, 2017


One of the many bird species that are undergoing rapid decline in North America is the glamorous Lewis’s Woodpecker…no stripes or polka dots or flashy black-and-white patterns for this woodpecker.  How about some subtle glossy pink and green and a sheen of colors not known to Crayon?  Fellow birder, Brandon Breen, sent me these photos along with a sobering quote from Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “Lewis’s Woodpecker populations declined by about 82% between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. ”

Lewis’s Woodpeckers love western oak forests and they are regular wintering bird in Jackson County in southern Oregon where Brandon got his shots yesterday, enjoy:IMG_1012IMG_1014IMG_1018IMG_1020IMG_1024The Lewis’s Woodpecker is not a regular breeding species in Jackson County…but there is a breeding colony just a few miles inside California.  Look for them spring and summer at the first rest stop along I-5 after you leave Oregon heading south.  It’s the Collier Rest Stop in the riparian forest along the Klamath River.  It’s reachable from both southbound and northbound lanes of the freeway, a few miles north of Yreka.

This is the only bird species named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.  This is just one of many species these explorers found that were new to science over 200 years ago.  Clark’s Nutcracker is another.  Clark’s Grebe was named much later for another Mr. Clark.



  1. Beautiful!

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