The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Acorn Woodpecker in the Silk Oaks

It’s always fun getting a new yard bird and today’s was good one – the clown of the woodpecker family, an Acorn Woodpecker.  This woodpecker can be found throughout California, but is a little out of place in the GNG.  Being Oak Woodland dependent and social by nature (you normally find this species living in tight-knit groups), having a single male in the garden was definitely a treat.  It seemed to be enjoying nectar provided by the silk oak flowers before being chased off by some raucous ravens.

Acorn Woodpecker and Common Raven