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A Male Downy Woodpecker

This tiny bird is a male Downy Woodpecker.  It is among the smallest of the woodpeckers in the United States.  You can tell it is a male by that red spot on the crown of its head.

The Downy was pecking away at a larger branch in my Live Oak Trees when I spotted it.  It flitted around from branch to branch in search of insects.  Sometimes when the bird drills or pecks it is done to communicate, other times the drumming or pecking is to drill a hole or enlarge a hole for either a nesting place, or a storage unit.  The other reason for pecking, is to discover and dislodge insects in the bark of the tree.

I always love seeing these birds!  This is the first woodpecker here in quite a long time.  I wish the light was better when I took the pictures.  The Live Oaks in the yard are gigantic and are very shady.  I had a hard time getting a decent picture and have resorted to heavy editing to show the bird in a way you can see a bit of what the fellow looks like.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Male Downy Woodpecker" (5)

  1. They are really pretty. Soon some will appear here for the summer too and I enjoy seeing them.

  2. Love our little Downys….. We are going down to 15 both tomorrow night and Wed. night… BIG DAMAGE to so many growing/budding/blooming plants/flowers…. Sad–but this seems to happen about this time every few years… This year we had almost NO winter so things popped up TOO soon.


    • Hi Betsy, So sorry your lovely yard may be damaged by the cold weather. I hope it is not terrible. I expect you will blanket what you can but still… Yes, the Downy Woodpeckers are wonderful! Lots more up your way. Have a good day tomorrow and I hope the storm is not bad.

  3. Hello, I love all the woodpeckers. The Downy woodies are another favorite of mine. Great post and photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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