Firethorn's Den


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Gila Woodpecker
When the Gila woodpecker digs
insects from a saguaro for food,
it cuts away diseased cactus
tissue as well. The sap of the
cactus hardens around the cavity
and the resulting scar can become
the home for the woodpecker or
other desert habitants.

Look for the 8-10-inch-long
woodpecker in cactus deserts,
brushy woodlands, and groves,
and urban parks.


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