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Downy Woodpecker (female, eating insect)

Picoides pubescens

Description:

A three-image time series, in reverse chronological order, showing a Downy Woodpecker eating an insect that was living in the tree. "Downy Woodpeckers eat mainly insects, including beetle larvae that live inside wood or tree bark... ." Source Credit: "All About Birds," Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This individual is a female, as indicated by the absence of a small red patch on the back of its head.

Habitat:

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a wetland area located near the Nation's Capital. Related Resource: http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/dyke-marsh.htm

Notes:

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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8 Comments

East End aka Lorelei
East End aka Lorelei 12 years ago

Fabulous series! Amazing detail!

Geodialist
Geodialist 12 years ago

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! Anyone care to speculate re: the insect's ID?

matthewryanre
matthewryanre 12 years ago

That was a great spot.

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 12 years ago

Nice series, Walter!

Anna Marie
Anna Marie 12 years ago

Wow, gorgeous!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 12 years ago

Beautiful!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

awesome!!

KarenL
KarenL 12 years ago

Nice series!

Geodialist
Spotted by
Geodialist

Belle Haven, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Apr 27, 2012
Submitted on May 8, 2012

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