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The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest of the seven kinds of woodpeckers that have come to my back yard here on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.  The Downy Woodpecker males are black white and have a tiny patch of red on the crown of their heads.  The female does not have that crown but looks the same as the male.  Both have a barred or checkerboard-like black and white pattern on their wings and back.  Their chest and throat is white.  They have a slender long bill that they use to drill into tree trunks and bark in order to find insects.  They also use that bill to peck into trees to create holes or enlarge existing holes.  They make their home in those cavities in the trees.

They also drill holes in trees in order to stash food for the winter.  A convenient pantry.  The Downy Woodpeckers are primarily insect-eating birds.  They come to my suet feeder to get quick snacks at times, but they do like to hunt among the Oaks and Hickory trees for insects on their own.  They seem to be patient, agreeable and intelligent little birds.  I enjoy seeing them here.  I took these pictures from my deck on various dates in July 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "It’s the Itty-bitty Little Woodpecker" (8)

  1. i like them as they are not nearly as shy as some of the other woodpeckers. 🙂

    • Hi Texwisgirl, I know what you mean. I usually can take good pictures of these little guys because they just don’t seem to mind my presence. Have a great day and stay cool. I am hoping that the Tropical Storm Don may give you some rain drops (but not the destructive stuff that some TS have with them).

  2. Do you think they ever come back to find the hidden food? I don’t think squirrels ever remember where they buried their nuts…

  3. I rather admire these little birds because being pretty, they are quite industrious!

  4. They truly are wonderful little birds. Woodpeckers of every kind do such a good job of keeping insect populations under control, but they need old standing dead trees in which to make their nests. Keeping a few dead trees standing seems to be a good trade-off for all their hard work.

    • Hi Flandrumhill, I agree! Thanks for your nice and very insightful comment! Glad you are a reader and a bird and wildlife watching person! Have a super good day tomorrow!

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