February 26, 2011

Downy woodpecker

This woodpecker is one of the birds that enjoy our suet feeder. She's not as shy as the pileated woodpecker, who is large and strikingly handsome but hard to photograph.

Downy woodpecker looks up every 3 or 4 taps: tap tap tap look, tap tap tap look. I can get close enough (on the other side of the window) to take a picture by moving a little bit while she taps and standing still while she looks around.

Woodpecker-related article: Reflective streamers deter woodpeckers from pounding on homes.

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