Male Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker on a breezy day

The male Downy Woodpecker had stopped by for food and perched momentarily on my prop before heading to the feeder.

This is not an action photo by anyone’s standards. However, it does allow the viewer to study the details of this species.

The small red patch on the back of the head is an attribute worth noting. Also, pay attention to the length of the beak. A similar-looking species, the Hairy Woodpecker, has a much longer beak. Downy Woodpeckers also have barring on the outer tail feathers as indicated in this pose by the dots on the tail.

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