Sunday, February 12, 2012

Downy Woodpeckers Frequently at Our Feeders


A male and a female downy woodpecker have been very frequent visitors to our suet log recently. Yesterday was the coldest day in some time, with a morning low of close to 0 F., and they were at the feeder almost constantly, it seemed, gaining fuel to stay warm. Here are three photos and a short video of the male. Above, he is resting in the maple tree in front of our house.


I was happy to capture the sun shining off the red dot on the back of the male's head in the photo above. 


4 comments:

Emily Brisse said...

Your posts and photos are always a burst of color and spring for me, Penny. Just felt like saying thanks today. :)

Penelope said...

Emily -- thank you so much. I am very touched!

Mary S. said...

Nice photos! On my first day visiting here in Florida, I saw a pileated woodpecker, who was completely unafraid of humans. I was within two feet of it, and really wishing I had my camera with me. Haven't seen one since then, though I've walked the same path for the past five days. The red plume is really striking!

Penelope said...

Wow, Mary! That must have been amazing.