Woodpeckers and Saguaros in Arizona

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 SA585680000

If you live in Arizona, saguaro cactus plants can be seen almost everywhere - in the desert, in parks and in our front yards.  The saguaro (pronounced sowaro) is also the state flower of Arizona.

The saguaros provide shelter to many birds. The first to move in are usually the woodpeckers. 

 

Woodpecker and saguaro, May 2020

 

Woodpeckers can be noisy and make some "drumming sounds" during the mating season between March and May. 

They feed on some wood-boring insects like termites, and other small insects. That's a good reason not to feel irritated if they are around our houses and making noises. 

After the nesting period is over, the wood-peckers usually move on, and leave the nests in the saguaros for other birds' use. 

 

 

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Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (480) 966-9353

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260

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Kathy Schowe
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I wish the saguaro was also native to our California  desert- I love them!  Kathy

May 16, 2020 11:51 PM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Steffy. This midwest boy knows very little about cactus. I do know the one in the photo of the home is rather large. Enjoy your day!

May 17, 2020 05:03 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Steffy - while it's been some time since I have visited Arizona, memories of seeing sqsguaros remain quite vivid yet those of any woodpecker-sighting are none. Maybe it was timing or perhaps I wasn't looking.  

May 17, 2020 05:04 AM #3
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Brian England
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That is a great scene that you have captured and it is one that I see often on my hikes.

May 17, 2020 07:08 AM #4
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Steffy,

When we worked in Prescott, I remember the drive from Phoenix and the fields of saguaro as we were driving.  Beautiful sight. 

May 17, 2020 10:47 AM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Nature is so odd.  If I were born a Woodpecker in my next life, I think I'd try to find something a little less thorny than a saguaro to build my nest in!  But, that's just me!

May 17, 2020 11:57 AM #6
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CONGRATULATIONS Steffy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 17, 2020 11:58 AM #7
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Steffy Hristova
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Myrl Jeffcoat , you make me smile with your comment. I will imagine inside the saguaro it is quite comfy; saguaros can store also tons of water. So easy access to water in the desert can sometimes be traded for a few thorns on the exterior, I guess. 

May 17, 2020 03:28 PM #8
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Steffy Hristova
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Hi Kathy Schowe , saguaros might adapt to a different climate, who knows. They are prevalent in the desert, in the Phoenix metro area, but when we drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff, for example, we can see how they become rarer and at some point, at certain altutudes, we don't see them at all. 

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Steffy Hristova
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Hi Wayne Martin , you are right. This is a gigantic saguaro, in front of the house. When we moved here first, we didn't anything about cactus, now, it's fascinating for me to discover how many different species they are. 

May 17, 2020 03:37 PM #10
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Michael Jacobs , you are right - we more often see the woodpeckers' finished work, than them working on it. It was quite lucky that I saw them with my phone camera in hand. 

May 17, 2020 03:42 PM #11
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Brian England , I love all the bird and flower sightings on the trails. I often don't carry my camera with me, as I try to make it digital-free time. 

May 17, 2020 03:44 PM #12
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Hi Steffy,  Thanks for sharing this great picture - yeah, we don't have saguaro is our area.  We do, have woodpeckers though - and they are quite noisy.

May 17, 2020 06:38 PM #13
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Hi Steffy Hristova - What a great educational post for people like me who doesn't live in AZ. And thank you, for letting me know how to correctly pronounce the saguaro cactus plants. It sure isn't pronounced as it is spelled. How interesting that the woodpecker loves it too. If it was a trivia question, I wouldn't have gotten it right. But thanks to you, I'm now educated!!!

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I had the same exact thought that Myrl had - seems a bit thorny but, I suppose it's a safe place for a nest - no one will bother you there!

Great information for those moving ot your fascinating area, Steffy. Those Saguaros are MASSIVE!

May 20, 2020 07:28 AM #15
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