Downy Woodpecker...small as woodpeckers go. The female has the same coloring except she has no red dot on her head.

Downy Woodpecker...small as woodpeckers go. The female has the same coloring except she has no red dot on her head.

The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest species of woodpecker in North America, growing up to 6 inches long. They can be found mainly in deciduous forests across most of Canada and the United States.

The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest species of woodpecker in North America, growing up to 6 inches long. They can be found mainly in deciduous forests across most of Canada and the United States.

Woodpecker Identification Chart | Exploring Nature Educational Resource

Woodpecker Identification Chart | Exploring Nature Educational Resource

Downy woodpecker - Picoides pubescens - is smaller in size and has a proportionately shorter beak than the Hairy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker - Picoides pubescens - is smaller in size and has a proportionately shorter beak than the Hairy woodpecker

A pair of birds are attracted to a beautiful milkweed field in Jerry Gadamus' Seeds are Sown. Image Size 10" x 24" Signed and Numbered

Jerry Gadamus Seeds are Sown

A pair of birds are attracted to a beautiful milkweed field in Jerry Gadamus' Seeds are Sown. Image Size 10" x 24" Signed and Numbered

Hairy Woodpecker 7/15/12 7/19/12 Common visitor in winter. Very hard to tell from the Downy Woodpecker (downys have white marks on the sides of their tails, hairys don't).

Hairy Woodpecker 7/15/12 7/19/12 Common visitor in winter. Very hard to tell from the Downy Woodpecker (downys have white marks on the sides of their tails, hairys don't).

Male Downey Woodpecker. First spotted in February 2013. They are very tiny and cute as they walk up the tree.

Male Downey Woodpecker. First spotted in February 2013. They are very tiny and cute as they walk up the tree.

Frequent backyard visitors, Downy Woodpeckers may form pairs very early in the season, tapping out their courtship song on a tree trunk. Listen for this rhythmic sound as early as January. (Photo by Linda Petersen) Get more info on this bird: birdsandblooms.com

Frequent backyard visitors, Downy Woodpeckers may form pairs very early in the season, tapping out their courtship song on a tree trunk. Listen for this rhythmic sound as early as January. (Photo by Linda Petersen) Get more info on this bird: birdsandblooms.com

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