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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

A Lot of Drumming by a Little Bird

A female Downy Woodpecker was working at pecking or drumming,  on a dead hollowed out tree branch in a pond-side Oak here.  The drumming sound was very musical and sounded like someone was playing two different notes on a Marimba musical instrument (like a wooden xylophone).  The little bird was persistent at pecking with its sharp,  strong,  bill on the wood.  Woodpeckers peck to communicate, to find insects, or to shape holes to make nests or food pantry caches.

I think that communication and food were the topics on the mind of this little lady.  Note, I said lady.  The females lack the distinctive red spot on the back of her head that the males do have.  The Downy Woodpecker is one of the smaller woodpeckers.  These lovely woodpeckers have a white underside,  black and white barred wings, and a white head with a broad stripe of black over the eyes.  These birds eat insects, seeds and nuts mostly.  I was quite happy to have seen the bird and took its picture in my yard on March 22, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Birds in the Yard

An Eastern Bluebird

Here are a few photographs of various birds that have visited my yard.  I have had the Red-bellied Woodpecker here fairly often.  I think that there are three of these woodpeckers that live in the trees next door to my little farm.  I also had a visit from the tiny Downy Woodpecker.  American Robins were here a few times and loved finding tasty worms in the large grassy lawns.  The Eastern Bluebirds here are wonderful.  I am hoping to see more but I usually only have two or three here.  We sometimes have a group of four or five Crows here feeding on lawn insects.  They crack me up when they stop and sit on the fence.  I also enjoy seeing the little White-breasted Nuthatches with their acrobatic grace.

I am going to be setting up my bird feeders in the next few days as soon as it stops raining.  Yes, we once again are having dreary windy wet days here in beautiful Cumberland County, TN.  With the rain comes beautiful woods pastures and all the wildlife so it is a good trade-off for a bit of wet inconvenience.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

White-breasted Nuthatch

Common Crow

A Female Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

An American Robin

A Most Welcome Woodpecker

Oh boy was I excited to see a tiny bird up in one of the larger Oak Trees near the pond!  Yes, it was a woodpecker.  A Downy Woodpecker, to be exact.  Now I just love all of the various woodpeckers and had only seen the Red-bellied and the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker here up until yesterday afternoon.  I don’t know why, but it does seem that the woodpeckers do come out on dreary overcast days when there is little wind but a definite threat of rain.

This is a female Downy.  I can tell that is the case because there is no red spot on the top of her head.  I also know she is a Downy due to her size (smaller than the Hairy) and her thinner shorter bill.  She eats insects, seeds, fruits and nuts.  I believe this little one was hunting for insects in the rough bark of the Oak.  I just love how the small woodpeckers can walk up, down, and upside down on tree limbs.  The woodpeckers have strong, long, curved claws that they use for hanging on to the bark and climbing.  I was so happy to have this little visitor yesterday afternoon.  I took these pictures in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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