2022—Downy Drumbeat

Downy Woodpeckers are the smallest North American woodpecker. We heard their characteristic drumming sound throughout the week we visited Magee Marsh in Ohio but they are year round residents throughout the entire US. Despite their small size (about 6 inches) the sound of their drumming carries so they’re often heard long before they’re seen. This is a female Downy; males have a red spot on the top of their head.