Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Downy Woodpecker 2

The winter birds at our feeder are not diverse.  I think the problem is that the small woodland that comprises our back yard lacks much brushy cover.  Thus I am content to feed a small number of Downy Woodpeckers and Black-capped Chickadees.  Other species make sporadic visits.  I have marveled at the beauty of female Downy Woodpecker napes.  Males sport a gaudy red nape patch, but to me the pattern on female's nape is simply stunning.

1 comment:

  1. Great pics Dr. Tallman! Keep up the good work. We are still seeing rather low numbers of Chickadees here the past few years. I have had male Downy's and a male Red Breasted at my feeder the past two days. Hope they stick around all winter.