Monday, January 19, 2015

Nuttall's Woodpecker in Coral Tree

Nuttall's Woodpecker in Coral Tree
Nuttall's Woodpecker in Coral Tree. Encinitas, California. December 29, 2014. Greg Gillson.
There are many species of coral trees, often sporting huge groups of flaming red flowers. One species, the Coastal Coral Tree, native to southern Africa, is the official tree of the city of Los Angeles. (See Coral Trees in Wikipedia).

Many birds are attracted to the nectar of the flowers, including, evidently, this Nuttall's Woodpecker. This photo was taken at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.