Wild Bird Wednesday 35–Downy Woodpeckers

Clicking on a photo will open a slideshow carousel. The Downy Woodpecker is a small woodpecker, 5.5-6.7″ (14-17cm). It is often confused with the medium-size Hairy Woodpecker, the main differences being length of beak and overall size, 7.1-10.2 (18-26cm).

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

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38 thoughts on “Wild Bird Wednesday 35–Downy Woodpeckers

  1. Woodpeckers are so pretty, but so annoying when they peck on the trees in my yard…funny though I enjoy hearing them when I’m hiking!


    1. I don’t usually hear them drumming around here, Susan. Maybe an oak isn’t their tree of choice. I’ve heard them at Linn’s parent’s house, but can never find them in the dense trees.


  2. I rarely see woodpeckers at my feeders but I saw a Downy on Monday and I was so excited!!! Of course I scared it off by opening the blind but I saw it and it is definitely around here so hopefully it will come back!!!


      1. Yep!!! Some people think that might be mean to put their cat condo thing by the window but it keeps them entertained. They would not know what to do with a bird if they caught it and they are indoor cats anyway so I think it is okay.


    1. Me, too, Theresa. They’ve had to compete with starlings for food lately. The downies will come to the feeder while I’m outside, while the starlings watch from afar.


  3. Wonderful photos. It seems funny to see woodpeckers feeding on feeders. Years ago, there was a woodpecker that used to feed on our birdfeeder. I’d get so tickled at seeing it. Your photos and captions are so fun and pretty. πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks, Nancy. I haven’t heard of this blog. Thanks for the link. I got a pic of a downy hanging on a branch away from the hawk’s view this year, too. It stayed there for a long time after the hawk left, didn’t move at all.


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  5. The only time I don’t like woodpeckers is when they are drilling holes in my roof. Thankfully we found that placing shiney streamers is enough to keep them at bay. Cute photos. πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks, Esther. I haven’t had a chance to check out the other WBW links yet, busy day. I heard (before seeing them) a pair of pileated woodpeckers working on a tree when I was out for a walk a couple years ago. Wish I’d had my camera with me that day, haven’t seen them since. I hope to see your pictures when you get them!


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