Friday, January 21, 2011

Downy Woodpecker

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping outside my door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping outside my door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

I've never heard a Raven tapping outside my door, but I often hear these tiny woodpeckers hammering away!  Downy Woodpeckers are among the most common and widespread woodpeckers in North America.

Here he is enjoying a winter-softened apple.


  1. Yum, yum! Cute bird, I have them here in MA on a regular basis but when I lived in Tucson I never saw them there unless I went up in the mountains!

  2. Such a handsome fellow! It's always fun to watch the Downy Woodpeckers at work. Great images!

  3. @Kathie @Julie G. Today on my lunch hour walk along the Jordan River in Salt Lake, I watched three Downies up close, literally just a couple feet away as they worked over tree branches. So cool!

  4. I love the shot of the Downy eating the apple. I've never seen that before!! Very cool... I need to find an apple orchard!