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This female Downy Woodpecker just wanted to grab a bite to eat at the suet feeder attached to the side of the regular bird-seed hopper tray feeder.  The obstacle to getting this snack was the huge male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker that was also eating suet at that same feeder.  Which bird would win?  The answer is both.  The birds decided to be courteous and let one another eat.  The picture of the female Downy Woodpecker in flight with that Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker was one of the more unusual photographs I have taken of woodpeckers.  After eating, the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker first flew over to the wheelbarrow to explore in that area of the yard, and then flew to a fallen log where it settled down for ground-based hunting.  The female Downy Woodpecker does not have any red on its head.  The male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker has a distinctive black mustache mark on its face.  I took these pictures from my windows on May 18, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Encounters of the Woodpecker Kind" (8)

  1. love the nape shot of the flicker. great ‘heart’ shape. and the flight shot of the downy is really cute!

  2. Great pictures of the woodpeckers, Linda… We have plenty of Downys here –but haven’t seen many Flickers lately… Love that Red-headed that is visiting us now though.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. How interesting that both species would share the feeder! Great pictures! I especially like the first one with the blossoms as well as the Downy!

  4. Great shots, love the first one of the downy coming in for a landing.

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