Yesterday I spotted several Downy Woodpeckers. I was thrilled to see a small flock arrive in my backyard Live Oak tree! It had rained earlier and the songbirds and woodpeckers arrived to hunt insects in the swollen bark of the Oak. I have never before seen five Downy Woodpeckers at once in the same tree.
I especially watched a tender young pair who were very interested in each other. The male is the one with the red spot on the back of his head. Downy Woodpeckers enjoy grubs, ants, spiders, small insects, and berries quite a lot. Downy Woodpeckers are among the smallest of woodpeckers in the United States.