Up Close & Personal … The Downy Woodpecker

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This time of year we get a lot of woodpeckers visiting the suet feeders.

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The female downy woodpecker identical to the hairy woodpecker, except for its size and the length of the bill. The downy has  a short stubby beak in comparison to its body size. Males sport a flashy red patch on their hind crowns.

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Look at those fluffy white upper back feathers!

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After all that posing she hopped down onto the feeder to find a friend on the other side.
Two female downy woodpeckers eating …

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and meeting …

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and greeting …

Do you have a favorite woodpecker?

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My passions in life are vegetarian cooking, gardening, photography, writing, good books, traveling and nature. Thanks for stopping by, Sabine

21 thoughts on “Up Close & Personal … The Downy Woodpecker”

  1. I don’t have a favorite because I haven’t seen enough varieties to vote but these are adorable and their wings remind me of large moths patterns. Have a great weekend, Sabine!

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  2. The ladies are having a kaffe klatch at the feeder. 😉 I’ve never seen a woodpecker close enough to tell what one looks like so these photos are very impressive and informative for me. Just incredible!

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  3. Sabine, you get the best shots! It’s been fun to watch the critters and creatures in our neighborhood recently. Their patterns are different in winter than summer. I guess, so are ours. Have a great weekend!

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  4. They are stunning birds when you see them close-up. Or for that matter, from far away! We always stop to watch when our bird feeder is visited by a greater spotted, or there is a green woodpecker hopping along the lawn. We have plenty of ants to keep them busy!

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  5. My apologies for being so behind Sabine – one time I saw a red-bellied woodpecker at Council Point Park and I was ecstatic because I’d heard them rat-a-tat-tatting away for ages, but they would hide up high where I could not see them. But this one was busy drilling a hole in a very dead tree – I got a good luck at it. Your downy woodpecker (and friend) were very cute and how nice of this little lady to pose for you so we could see her striking plumage.

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    • You’re not alone in being behind. We all have lives to live away from the screen, birds to watch and squirrels to feed! 😉 We had a red-bellied sapsucker visit a few times. I’ll have to see if they are similar. 😊

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      • You are right of course Sabine. When the weather is cooperative, out I go to enjoy nature and escape the computer – I spend too many hours parked in front of it. I had stayed fairly current and I know that marathon walking-and picture-taking session was which originally made me behind. My boss is getting ready to leave on vacation for a week and I was enjoying a one-hour respite from work, and came over here to catch up and he just gave me something to do. I am looking forward to HIS vacation, more than he is to be honest with you. 🙂

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      • I sure will Sabine – I am hoping no rushes come in that will have him on the computer back-and-forth with me as that happens as well. I am hoping I only need to check e-mail and voicemail on the work days and that is it!

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      • Happy happy Sabine – the Appeal decision did NOT arrive in today’s mail and he left and I am all caught up. I don’t want to fritter my time away – I just have to check his e-mail and voicemail which is not a big deal as I am online so many hours anyway – I need to put some organization into my life and hope this next ten days I can do just that. 🙂

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