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Red nape patch, short pointed black bill, black shoulders, spotted outermost tail feathers, white underparts. Just may have a frog on its back!
Wide range of habitats. Deciduous and mixed deciduous and coniferous woodlands.
The Downy pictured has a passenger on its back. I didn't realize this when I was taking the pictures, but there is a Pacific Tree Frog riding on the back of this Downy Woodpecker. I was showing the shots on my monitor to my daughter and she spotted the bump on the bird's back and asked what that was. While shooting these shots, the bird did not act oddly nor did the added weight of the frog seem to affect its ability to fly. I was in my vehicle and the bird was right off the edge of the road on some type of foliage. It would fly back and forth between the foliage and this nearby tree trunk while I was shooting. I doubt I will see this phenomenon again! I first posted this series on Flickr in 2009. It has since received over 2270 views. If you are interested in reading the various comments it received, please visit my Flickr posting at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsdavenport...