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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Woodpeckers doing woodpecker things

I set this first camera on a snag in the Fir forest as a pre-class set for Codger's camera trapping course v.2013. I was really hoping to get an awesome flying squirrel coming to the snag to do awesome flying squirrel things. Instead I got a woodpecker doing some woodpecker things. You know, hopping around, pecking wood, and flying. This looks like a male Black-backed Woodpecker, Picoides arcticus. Notice the yellow patch on the forehead/crown. But remember, we suck at birding, so I could be completely wrong here.

Next are some videos of White-headed woodpeckers, Picoides albolarvatus, that were coming in and out of a snag at the top of Yuba Gap on Hwy-49. We had this camera up for just a couple of hours, as it was in a highly trafficked area.


  1. BBWO is a SICK bird to trap. I've seen all of two in California...awesome.

    1. Thanks man. I have only seen one in person ever. In the same area as this guy. Sorry that the already sucky Bushnell videos, uploaded at an even poorer quality than the originals.