Adorable Downy Woodpecker

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It was a delight to first hear and then finally spot a Downy Woodpecker, tapping away on dried marsh reeds, going from one to another.  Trying to get a shot in the reeds was hard, I got one decent to show the behavior.

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Downy Woodpecker (male)

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This adorable fella eventually moved to a tree trunk for easier shots, much to my delight!

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Downy Woodpecker (male identified by red nape that the female lacks)

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The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America at 5.5-6.7 inches (14-17 cm).

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Downy Woodpecker (male)

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Downy Woodpecker (male) back to tapping for insects

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He was so adorably cute, and I felt even luckier with the added bonus of autumn colors around him. 😊

(photos taken 10/28/21 at the end of Tubby Cove Boardwalk, Eastern Neck NWR)

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31 thoughts on “Adorable Downy Woodpecker

    • They are even cute when they are tapping for insects, it sounds so soft/hollow sounding compared to the big woodpeckers and their hammering! I bet he is soft and fluffy. 🙂

  1. Absolutely beyond cute! There’s just something about them woodpeckers… and owls… and raptors… I could go on!!! 😉💕

  2. The backdrop of autumn colors was so lovely for your little Downy Woodpecker! Beautiful pictures, Donna! I miss their visits at the suet feeder we used to have. We used to hear them before they appeared. I agree, they are adorable.

    • Thank you, Barbara! They are adorable feeding on suet too! I was thrilled with first hearing then spotting this cutie. I was lucky no one was along the boardwalk too to have scared him away! 😊

    • Thank you, Simon! I thought the reed tapping was interesting behavior too, I wondered if there were small bugs or larvae inside? Now that the leaves are falling from the trees, I’m hoping I can find our woodpeckers easier. I hear them, I know they are up there! 😉

  3. Lovely photos, Donna! Those Downies can be tricky this time of year. But there’s a bonus coming when all the leaves are off the trees, the Downies will still be there – maybe a little easier to see and photograph. 🙂

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