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  • Bird of the Month: December 2014

    By Peter Pierson There is an ironic peace amidst the bare, black pine and juniper in the saddle between the dwindling end of Trail No. 261 and the true summit of Granite Mountain. Take a moment to listen. The sound of the wind in the stark branches of dead ponderosa pine is broken by an intermittent tapping, then one loud, assertive “peek,” and then another. The Hairy Woodpecker can seem foreign in the arid West. Its peeks, tweaks, and chatters are more at home in a winter Iowa backyard from a wire feeder. High on Granite Mountain, though, they come and stayed in numbers moving through burned areas in small flocks. Hairy Woodpeckers have come for the wood-boring beetles and other opportunistic insects made easy fodder in burned ponderosa trunks. The robin-sized woodpecker can be distinguished from other local woodpecker species, the Acorn and Ladder-backed, by its black back broken by solid white down the middle. Males display a patch of red on the nape. Hairy Woodpeckers are found locally in ponderosa and mixed conifer systems and among stands of riparian hardwoods. On Granite Mountain, we will not see the ponderosa return to the scale realized before the Doce Fire of 2013; certainly not in our lifetimes. The human ignorance-caused fire burned hot, leaving little green in the stands it tore through. With even the slightest rise in temperatures from

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