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A Most Welcome Woodpecker

Oh boy was I excited to see a tiny bird up in one of the larger Oak Trees near the pond!  Yes, it was a woodpecker.  A Downy Woodpecker, to be exact.  Now I just love all of the various woodpeckers and had only seen the Red-bellied and the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker here up until yesterday afternoon.  I don’t know why, but it does seem that the woodpeckers do come out on dreary overcast days when there is little wind but a definite threat of rain.

This is a female Downy.  I can tell that is the case because there is no red spot on the top of her head.  I also know she is a Downy due to her size (smaller than the Hairy) and her thinner shorter bill.  She eats insects, seeds, fruits and nuts.  I believe this little one was hunting for insects in the rough bark of the Oak.  I just love how the small woodpeckers can walk up, down, and upside down on tree limbs.  The woodpeckers have strong, long, curved claws that they use for hanging on to the bark and climbing.  I was so happy to have this little visitor yesterday afternoon.  I took these pictures in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Most Welcome Woodpecker" (4)

  1. happy that you’re getting a well-rounded bunch of residents there. 🙂

  2. I wonder if that might be a winter visitor. We don’t have Downys here, but we do have Hairys and I haven’t seen one of them for a couple of months now.

  3. I just looked up downy and hairy woodpeckers, since I’m not sure which one we have. It looks like both are in our area. I will have to keep a closer watch to see which one it is that has been coming to our feeders. (Could be that we have both!)

  4. We have the downeys here. They peck on the house and window frame all the time.

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