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Woodpecker Wednesday: Downy Woodpeckers

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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)

Woodpeckers on Wednesday

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a hen Downy Woodpecker, were spotted in my huge old Live Oaks a few days ago on a cloudy morning.  The Red-bellied Woodpeckers are a young pair that is in the process of building their first home.  There has been a lot of pecking and drilling going on.

It has been raining here off and on for the last four days.  I have noticed that woodpeckers are active in damp weather as the moist bark is easier to chip away for building a home and for uncovering any insects or grubs in the tree bark.  I love woodpeckers and am quite happy to have two or three here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

 

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor's feeder

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor’s feeder

Guano River State Park and Wildlife Management Area

 

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles, a flock of American Robins, a female Downy Woodpecker, a flock of Common Coots, Brown Pelicans and a Snowy Egret were all spotted at the Guano River Wildlife Management Area and State Park on Florida’s A-1A coastal highway near Jacksonville.  I visited this large marsh and hardwood forest on February 12, 2015.  The front side of the park has a large lake and marsh, and several wonderful flat hiking trails that lead to the Wildlife Management Area.

The Wildlife Management Area is a place where hunting does take place at times so it is crucial to follow instructions given on prominent signs at the entrance gates.  We were there when no hunting was happening.  There are streams, beautiful jungle-like hardwood forests, marshes, and the large and small lakes.  I really enjoyed  the short hike we did while there.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

American Robin

American Robin

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

 

Coot

Coot

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker & Downy Woodpecker

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A female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and a male Downy Woodpecker were both spotted in trees across the street here on December 30, 2014.  I really get thrilled seeing the smaller woodpeckers!  Doesn’t that sapsucker blend in well with the tree trunk?  Both little woodpeckers were happily finding insects in the bark of several of the trees here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Happy New Year!

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Downy Woodpeckers in Action

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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!

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It’s Small Woodpecker Wednesday

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These tiny woodpeckers were seen in my neighborhood in the past several days.  I have seen both a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (only male shown here), and a pair of Downy Woodpeckers.  The male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has a red throat and a red patch on the top of its head.

The male Downy has that small bright red spot on its head while the female Downy does not.  The Sapsuckers also have some light brown back feathers that change to more of the black and white barring as they age.  I hope you’ll enjoy seeing these smaller woodpeckers.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Two Woodpeckers

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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!

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

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