Th Downy Woodpecker. The top picture, is the male that visits my yard, and the one below it, is a female, whom i assume to be his spouse. I saw my frst one of these, in my neighbors yard, this year, and decided right there, when i tried to make friends and they ignored me, that i was going to pimp out our yard, which is now the BZ (Bird Zone, for those of you who do not KNOW…)

And now, i have BOTH of them, plus a million other amazing birds. This bird, is single wingedly responsible for the entirety of my ornithological rearranging this yer, bless his flighty little heart. ❤ Her, flighty little heart, since i saw the female first… but regardless. i love these guys.

And as usual, my copy paste of the Cornell information. I love them so much. :

  • Size & Shape

    Downy Woodpeckers are small versions of the classic woodpecker body plan. They have a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. The bill tends to look smaller for the bird’s size than in other woodpeckers.

  • Color Pattern

    Downy Woodpeckers give a checkered black-and-white impression. The black upperparts are checked with white on the wings, the head is boldly striped, and the back has a broad white stripe down the center. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head. The outer tail feathers are typically white with a few black spots.

  • Behavior

    Downy Woodpeckers hitch around tree limbs and trunks or drop into tall weeds to feed on galls, moving more acrobatically than larger woodpeckers. Their rising-and-falling flight style is distinctive of many woodpeckers. In spring and summer, Downy Woodpeckers make lots of noise, both with their shrill whinnying call and by drumming on trees.

  • Habitat

    You’ll find Downy Woodpeckers in open woodlands, particularly among deciduous trees, and brushy or weedy edges. They’re also at home in orchards, city parks, backyards and vacant lots.

  • Voice: