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Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Description:

Black and white woodpecker with red tuft on head.

Notes:

Very animated and playful. Very shy and hard to photograph.

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3 Comments

Blueidone
Blueidone 8 years ago

They will get used to you with time...Mine are used to me, they won't stay on the feeder if I head out the door, but will perch in a tree near by until I move a safe distance away. I've actually had one peck at my window when I was out of suet. He was rather upset, the kids thought it was super funny. Keep the pictures coming :))

freelancing
freelancing 8 years ago

Thanks. I saw this one when I was pulling into the driveway and had the lens & camera from work and was able to shoot him from the car. Once he saw me, he flew off. I never had suet out for the birds - might try that. I'd love to be yelled at by the bird than it fleeing before I can take photos. I used to live in a more populated area and the birds were so used to people, you could get a lot closer. These country birds fly off if they see your head coming up over the horizon!

Blueidone
Blueidone 8 years ago

I love these downy woodpeckers. This one appears to be a male, due to the color. I have a few that visit daily. They even "yell" at me when I run out of their favorite suet. Enjoy! Great series :))

freelancing
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freelancing

Kaufman, Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 5, 2011
Submitted on Apr 28, 2012

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