Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Downy Woodpecker...


The Smallest woodpecker in North America and a constant visitor at my property who is.. always busy.  These photos are of the adult male, who has an identifying red patch on the back of his head.  The Downy Woodpecker is identical to the much larger Hairy Woodpecker except for a few small black spots on their white tail feathers.- If you look close, with a little imagination, you can faintly see the spots in the last photo.



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21 comments:

  1. Love the strong markings on this little guy! Beautiful photos!

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  2. They maybe small but they're beauties!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. I love these little guys. I have many in my garden that are always busy at the feeders! Great photos too!

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  4. The Downy is very similar to our Lesser Spotted (the size of a Sparrow) except it rarely visits garden feeders. Lovely images. FAB.

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  5. Beautiful series. I love these little raiders.

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  6. A great series of this beauties. Well done.

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  7. Nice photos, thank you. Please visit my site http://diadesigns1.blogspot.com/ I hope you have a good day.

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  8. I love woodpeckers in general, and these little guys are the ones I see most. Except for the rare times when I see a hairy, and think for a second "wow, that's a big downy!". =)

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  9. Rebecca, love the photos of the little Downy, which is one of my favorites.

    I am writing a children's first bird book right now (ages 5 to 9) and the Downy gets a big slice of the about birds chapters.

    Thanks for posting these.

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  10. Great detail in your photos!!! Love this little woodpecker we have a pair feeding so I hope they are nesting in one of the trees here at our place.

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  11. Love the Downy Woodpecker! I see them all winter long, and into the summer. They sure do love the suet & I can see they've found yours to be delightful;-)

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  12. Love your blog,your pictures are wonderful!Our woodpeckers are so shy but we finally have them coming to the feeder.phyllis

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  13. We have a male and female downy who frequent our feeders---when the starlings aren't around. LOL Your pictures show great detail!

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  14. I love the little Downy Woodpeckers! Your photos are excellent!

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  15. Woodpeckers are a favorite of mine to watch. They are so shy and tentative, yet so quick and purposeful.

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  16. Well, I spent so much time here going through your blog that I figured I might as well follow. So many great shots, and good stories.

    We used to have chickens (anywhere from 12-20) but gave them up last fall because our chicken sitter grew up and went off to college, and we became snowbirds. When we get back home, we'll be getting our fresh eggs from the general store nearby.

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  17. Dear Rebecca, Your bird photographs are very impressive! Thank you for your kind wishes on my blog. I am making a good recovery, and you will be happy to know I received excellent hospital care. You nurses are the BEST! P. x

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  18. He looks sweet hanging on that swinging seed cake. Great pictures ... I miss my bird feeders from when we lived in Oregon.

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  19. Beautiful shots, the Downy is one of my favorite yardbirds.

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  20. HOW do you get these pictures???? Your bird photos are awesome!! I have a red bellied woodpecker who is a regular at my suet feeders. But have I ever, in 8 yrs been able to capture a picture? No no no!!

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