A female Downy Woodpecker was working at pecking or drumming, on a dead hollowed out tree branch in a pond-side Oak here. The drumming sound was very musical and sounded like someone was playing two different notes on a Marimba musical instrument (like a wooden xylophone). The little bird was persistent at pecking with its sharp, strong, bill on the wood. Woodpeckers peck to communicate, to find insects, or to shape holes to make nests or food pantry caches.
I think that communication and food were the topics on the mind of this little lady. Note, I said lady. The females lack the distinctive red spot on the back of her head that the males do have. The Downy Woodpecker is one of the smaller woodpeckers. These lovely woodpeckers have a white underside, black and white barred wings, and a white head with a broad stripe of black over the eyes. These birds eat insects, seeds and nuts mostly. I was quite happy to have seen the bird and took its picture in my yard on March 22, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!