2023—A Little Downy

Downy Woodpeckers are the smallest woodpeckers in North America. This is a male Downy. Males have a red patch on the back of their heads and it is just barely visible in this image. I took this shot on my first day visiting Sax-Zim Bog in Minnesota about ten days ago, in a woodsy area. Yesterday on my morning walk here in Northern California, I saw a Downy Woodpecker in a tree next to the sidewalk but I didn’t have my Nikon with me and my phone did not do the little woodpecker justice. Downy Woodpeckers live year round throughout most of the United States.