Downy Woodpecker

Tall pines along the Losee Lake Trail. Photographed 08/18/2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, Michigan.

The other day I was marveling at some tall pines at Pinckney State Recreation Area and noticed this downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens, Picidae) looking for insects in the pine bark:

Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens, Picidae) photographed 08/18/2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, Michigan.

These birds bear a striking and almost indistinguishable resemblance to hairy woodpeckers (P. villosus). The relatively small beak and black-barred, white side feathers on the tail were what gave this identification away. The lack of a red patch on the head suggested this was a female.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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