This pair of Downy Woodpeckers has made its home in my neighborhood recently. I spotted the pair of small woodpeckers drilling away on the trunk of a medium-sized, dead, Red Cedar tree located on the bank of the rainfall retention basin across the street from my home. The male is the one with that red spot on the crown of his head.
The two Downy Woodpeckers were likely looking for insects to eat. Sometimes the woodpeckers drill holes to store food and that is another possibility for all the pecking. Woodpeckers also peck sometimes, to communicate over a long distance. Since the female was on the same tree, the pecking was most likely food-related. I took these pictures late on a cloudy afternoon on Wed. March 4, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!