10 thoughts on “Friday Five: The Downy Woodpecker Edition

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! As for the rats, I don’t think we have them but couldn’t say for sure. The birds and squirrels do a thorough job of getting whatever falls on the ground. Not to mention my two boisterous dogs who race about the yard. 🙂

  1. Is Downy Woodpecker another name for a Red-Headed Woodpecker? Looks like he’s wearing a tux with a red hat. 🙂
    Edited to add:
    No, they’re two different kinds. (I Googled it.) The red-headed woodpecker has a complete head of red, whereas the downy has just a cap or toupee on top.

    • Ah, you made it back here before I answered. The Downy Woodpecker and Hairy Woodpecker look very much alike with the same red cap but no Red-Headed Woodpeckers around here, although I seem to remember them growing up in Wisconsin.
      There’s a female Downy Woodpecker working at the suet today. She still looks very sharp in her black and white feathers despite being without a red cap.

    • I like that: dapper and determined. He was a hard worker, all right. We have a female at the suet today and I had great fun watching her hop up the tree trunk while waiting her turn (a starling was on the suet cage).

    • He’s a determined little guy, isn’t he? If each picture is worth 1,000 words, I’d say you’ve written a 5,000-word essay about what it means to ‘prevail’.
      Wishing you a red-quilled weekend, as well!

      • That’s lovely, Melodye! Especially because I wasn’t too thrilled with the quality of those pics but I so much wanted to share that handsome little fellow with my friends.
        We shall all prevail!

    • Snow definitely brings great partying to the feeder. It makes me happy to see so many out there at once because (here comes my anthropomorphism, again)it feels as if the cold and harsh elements are made a bit easier with all the company and chatter.

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