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I have been trying to capture photos to share with you of a bird that is native to our area in the Sierra Foothills, that I affectionately call “Clown Face.” It is a charming woodpecker that is very swift. And, these birds have the funniest faces! They make a sound that reminds me of the howling monkeys at the zoo!

Meet clown face!  I suggest clicking on all the photos so that you can see these little guys better!

Meet Clown Face

Meet Clown Face

Its real name is the Acorn Woodpecker.

The Acorn Woodpecker

The Acorn Woodpecker

As their name suggests, they collect acorns, drill holes in a tree or telephone pole and stick the acorn in the hole. Check out the size of the beak on this bird!

Check out that beak!

Check out that beak!

They live in groups. And, collectively they raise their young. When we first moved here, we used to refer to them as the “monkey birds.” Click on the link that follows to hear what they sound like. Scroll down to calls, drums.

The Sounds of the Acorn Woodpecker!

They are frequently raiding our bird feeder chasing off other birds.

Two at the feeder

Two at the feeder

They race around our yard and travel between the wires and the feeder!

Bird on the wire

Bird on the wire

Chowing down

Chowing down

I hope that you enjoyed these funny faced birds! Have an amazing Saturday, and thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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