Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Downy- woodpecker 

 

 

 

 

Identification: smaller than the average wood pecker. The posture of leaning away from the tree limbs and into their tail feathers. Male Downy woodpeckers have a red patch on the back of their head.

 

Habitat: People have spotted these little woodpeckers in College woods. They like to be I’m woodlands and one can easily spot one in their back yard. In the west the woodpeckers seem to be darker and have less white in their wings.

 

Overview: Downy woodpecker mainly insects including beetles larvae that live inside wood of tree bark. Downy woodpeckers often nest trees are often deciduous and the wood is often infected with a fungus that softens the wood, making excavating easier. Both male and females help making a nest. The clutch size is about 3-8 eggs and have 1 brood.

 

Time of year: Feb, March, April and May

Fun fact: when having a dispute with another bird they fan their tails.

 

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Downy_Woodpecker/lifehistory

https://www.capjournal.com/news/diminutive-dynamo-downy-woodpecker/article_69eeb70e-d643-11e9-a244-b76e48692441.html