This woodpecker has a similar colour pattern to the larger Hairy Woodpecker (28) and both species are found here in about equal numbers. The bill on the Downy( Picoides pubescens) is proportionately smaller though, less than the length of the head, which gives is a delicate look. Both species are frequent visitors to our suet feeders. Not surprisingly, Downy Woodpeckers spend more time foraging on smaller branches and thinner tree trunks than Hairy Woodpeckers do.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.