A female downy woodpecker came to my birdfeeder last weekend. The feeder hangs a few inches from the window. I was inside the house and about six feet away when I started taking pictures. I was within two feet when I took the last of seventeen photos and she flew off the perch.
I didn’t know she was a downy woodpecker until I searched my Birds of Wisconsin Field Guide. Female downys lack a red mark on the back of their heads, otherwise, they’re identical to the males.
Lon had just put a post in the ground on the south side of our house to which he mounted a birdhouse. I was admiring this latest addition to our abundant collection of birdhouses when the woodpecker flew in and began inspecting Lon’s work. Without compliment or criticism, she flew around the corner of the house to the birdfeeder.
I’ve identified a few other birds at my birdfeeder and hope to share my photos and interest in them with you in the very near future.
If you like Black-capped Chickadees, you'll find them in my next post.