ACORN WOODPECKER (Melanerpes formicivorus bairdi).
1927 Santa Rosa Island: “Melanerpes formicivorus bairdii. California Woodpecker. On April 2, [H. W.] Carriger and [J. R.] Pemberton heard the call note, and on the following day [O. W.] Howard saw two birds several times as they flew about in heavy oak timber. The presence of this bird here was a distinct surprise to all of us and probably constitutes our most satisfactory addition to the avifauna of the islands, because the bird has not heretofore been noted on any of them. We could have collected both birds but refrained for obvious reasons.” [“Through the generosity of Mr. Silsby M. Spalding who placed at our disposal his splendid cruiser Padariva I the writer accompanied by H. W. Carriger, Dudley DeGroot and 0. W. Howard was enabled to spend the
period from March 25 to April 5, 1927, inclusive, among the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California.”]
Pemberton, J. R. Additions to the known avifauna of the Santa Barbara Islands The Condor 30(2):144-148, March-April 1928