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Woodpeckers can be quite comical at times. Water can make strange bedfellows as well. On a very hot September morning I watched these two, one a seed eater, the other an occasional ground-feeder, vying for water at a dripping faucet.

One can see how woodpeckers use their stiff tail feathers and their zygodactyl feet (two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backwards) to cling to vertical surfaces. Lake San Antonio, Monterey County, California.

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