Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Female Downy Woodpecker

A frequent visitor to the feeders, I feel like I see a lot more males than females.
The sexes are similar, but the boys have a red patch on their upper nape.

I was not sure if this was a male or female...



until she gave me a good look at the back of her head.
No red patch = this is a girl.

My bird book states it is the smallest woodpecker in North America,
that often feeds on slender branches, the males more so than the females.
I see this woodpecker year round, they are rather unobtrusive,
easy to observe and easy to photograph.

17 comments:

  1. A charming and common visitor to be sure. In other parts of the world this species would be part of a group known as pygmy woodpeckers.

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  2. Hello, They are cute woodpeckers. I see a pair of them at my feeders often. Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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  3. They are here year round too. Love those little creatures!

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  4. They make rare appearances in my garden and I haven't been able to capture any decent photos. Yours are amazing Debbie, loved each of them.

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  5. Beautiful! We have several of these around and we occasionally get visits from the larger Hairy.

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  6. Beautiful! I enjoy seeing these birds around all year.

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  7. Great pics, I love that last pose you always get such great angles on them, that looks like the ones we get here, we get equal amounts of the male and females. I can't get over how long and thin her claws are.

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  8. She’s so sweet! They look like fluffy toys!

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  9. What a beautiful bird. I love the pattern of colors. She does look so sweet. You captured this one perfectly.
    Blessings and hugs!

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  10. You didn't mention how they are such cutie patooties.

    ...trying to catch up.

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  11. What a sweet little bird, love the pictures! It's a treat visiting your blog and seeing all the great shots you get. I swear, many of "your" birds seem to actually be posing for you, LOL!! I liked seeing the turkeys on the last post too. Just goes to show, you never know WHAT is going to come strolling up outside, ha ha LOL. Hope y'all had a real nice weekend. Do you have many flowers planted yet and will you have the pretty mailbox garden this year, it's one of my favorites!

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  12. Beautiful captures here Debbie, such a lovely bird.

    All the best Jan

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  13. Debbie - very good pictures of the downy. Like you, I see many more males than females. The ones around here tend to land on a tree near the feeder, take a good look around and then fly to the feeder. Have a great week!

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  14. What a lovely critter!
    I do not think it lives in my part of the world...

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  15. What a cute little one. They are such a joy.

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