Tiny Woodpecker

While I was watching the killdeer and Wilson’s snipe last week I heard a sound in a bush nearby. At first I couldn’t see anything and then I saw a small clack and white bird pecking away at the bush. I didn’t know what it was at the time but it acted like a woodpecker. It was difficult to get any good shots of it because it was in a bush hidden away among the branches.  This photo was the best I could get.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Come to find out, it was a downy woodpecker, the smallest woodpecker in North America. It’s about the size of a chickadee. From what I’ve read, they are quite common everywhere. I hope I see more of this bird.


4 Replies to “Tiny Woodpecker”

  1. A woodpecker uses a smart strategy!When they arrive at a decaying tree,they do a few test pecks & listen.They know the pecking is like knocking at the door.They want to find out If anyone is home? The loud pecking will disturb the insects,which make them move.This moving creates sound & than the woodpecker knows dinner is served!

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