Bird of the Week (6/15/2014): Downy Woodpecker

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    Magnolia15
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    The Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is a small black and white woodpecker measuring 7 inches in length with an 11 inch wingspan. Males have a red patch on the back of their head, while the females do not.

    http://birdsofthebog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Downy-Woodpecker2558.jpg

    Downy Woodpeckers can be found throughout most of the U.S. and Canada year-round. They nest in a bare hole in a tree, where three to seven white eggs are laid. Vocalizations include a sharp “pik” as well as a “ratatatat” with a descending pitch.

    http://birdsofthebog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Downey-Woodpecker2012.jpg

    With a diet consisting of insects and seeds, they are easy to attract to your backyard with suet and sunflower seeds.

    http://birdsofthebog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Downey-Woodpecker1561.jpg

    A group of woodpeckers is known as a “drumming” or a “gatling” of woodpeckers.

    Feel free to share your Downy Woodpecker photos and stories right here, all week long.


    -birdsofthebog.com

    • This topic was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by Jill Staake Jill Staake.
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    Jill Staake
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    I love those group names for woodpeckers! How appropriate. I know a lot of folks have trouble telling Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers apart when they don’t see them side-by-side for a size comparison, so I like to use the trick of looking at their beaks. Downy beaks are short, while Hairy beaks are longer (usually described as being “longer than the depth of their head”).



    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Stelios
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    This is a sad story.  The downy you see in the picture is the one that hit my window and unfortunately did not recover.  At least I have souvenir in pictures.  I’m sure others will come to my suet feeder.  The front picture window now has a stained glass ornament to protect other birds from injury or worse.



    Stella
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    Almb
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    SandraRW
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    I have trouble telling them apart too

     

     


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