A Downy Woodpecker and a Red-bellied Woodpecker were both in the same Oak Tree when I snapped these pictures in my yard on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2012. I also took the picture of the Red-bellied Woodpecker, shown at the top, on 11/21/12, also in the yard here.
The Downy Woodpecker is a small woodpecker with a white chest, barred black and white wings and a black and white head. It looks much like the bird’s slightly larger cousin the Hairy Woodpecker. The females do not have a red patch in their head as the males do. I am thrilled to have seen both woodpeckers here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Happy Thanksgiving!