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Downy Woodpecker

This is a female downy.  The male has a spot of red on the back of his head. 

I think that might be him beyond her.  (grin)

Downy Woodpecker

This is a female downy.  The male has a spot of red on the back of his head. 

I think that might be him beyond her.  (grin)

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 May 2013, 01:03
A most unusual beak shape, Mary.

Nice study of your lichen garden, too.
Mary MacADNski: The beak shape is quite typical for any of the woodpecker family. It is how they make their holes.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 May 2013, 02:50
Good looking Bird
Mary MacADNski: It is probably the smallest of all the woodpeckers.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 May 2013, 04:54
This is the first time that I saw a close-up of a woodpecker, I hear them but spotting.....
Yep....in the far end, I see the red spot.... he is soon flying over.....smile
Mary MacADNski: This is the smallest woodpecker in our area but they are very common.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 May 2013, 05:52
Wishful thinking, perhaps? But what a charming little Woodpecker
Mary MacADNski: They are very sweet. They are small but plentiful.
Beautiful close up! Wonderful job Mary - I just can't seem to catch these in my lens!
Mary MacADNski: This one was busy so paid me no mind.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 May 2013, 07:06
LOL. And what a sweetie-pie she is, Mary. Precious.
Mary MacADNski: They are sweet little things and common here.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 May 2013, 07:08
A very fine picture. Well done!
Mary MacADNski: Thank you, Chris. He was busy poking at a tree and didn't mind me near.
Reminds me of the comic character
Mary MacADNski: The comic character is a piliated woodpecker. They are on PEI in very small numbers.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 3 May 2013, 08:37
Terrific shot Mary. His beak is a bit like a Kookaburra
Mary MacADNski: We have kingfishers that are identical to kookaburras except they are much smaller. They do have a similar beak.
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 3 May 2013, 09:02
One of those noisy little devils eh Mary.
Mary MacADNski: I l;ike them. They ear insects that harm trees.
Nice shot Mary; I've had the local relative almost destroying a complete & large bird wooden observatory..we had to be covering holes for months...
Mary MacADNski: This is a very small one. We have one family member, the hairy woodpecker that is identical but double this one's size. You will have to come up with a replacement material for wood. Cement?
A very appealing little bird Mary.
Mary MacADNski: They are small and not very scared of people.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 May 2013, 11:29
She's a little beauty. They are amazing; I'm sure if I were her, I'd end up with a blinding headache.
Mary MacADNski: Her head is made to withstand the beating, unlike yours.
Such a cute capture Mary!
Mary MacADNski: She is a sweet bird not terribly afraid of people.
Fabulous shot, Mary. So crisp & clear that you can see her individual feathers standing out from her back. The tree looks amazing, what kind is it?
Mary MacADNski: That looks like a maple tree with a lot of lichen growing on it.
an image as sharp as the beak!
Mary MacADNski: Luckily I caught her not banging the tree, still for a moment.
It is certainly a very pretty bird, well done for getting in so close to it.
Mary MacADNski: She was busy checking out the hole in the tree and didn't mind me there at all.
great shot of the bird. like the textures on the branch
Mary MacADNski: Yes, the lichen is very nice on the branch. Perhaps after her meat meal, Ms woodpecker will have a bit of salad.
Great shot! You must have been close to get this one!
Mary MacADNski: I wa close but she was unconcerned, luckily.
A delightful picture, Mary. They yakker away all day round here.
Superb close up of this woodpecker Mary!!! smile

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