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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.

I am so glad to have seen the woodpeckers as woodpeckers are among my favorite birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!DSC_9132DSC_9104

(The male has the red spot)

Comments on: "Woodpecker Wednesday: Downy Woodpeckers" (6)

  1. Hello, that is cool to see five woodies together. Maybe a family? Great sighting and photos.
    Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  2. how sweet to see that many at one time!

    • Hi Tex, It was really great to see so many woodpeckers and a few other songbirds up in my tree at once. I think soon we will see migrating songbirds showing up. Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!

  3. They are certainly pretty birds and fun to watch. For some reason they have been scarce here this summer, so it was really nice to see your photos.

    • Hi Montucky, Your birds are likely just on vacation enjoying the hospitality of others and they will return next Spring right on schedule. Ha! I hope so. Have a great day tomorrow and thanks for your always appreciated comments.

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