Sunday, August 22, 2010

Downy Woodpecker

I have had two very nice Downy Woodpeckers eating out of my suet all summer. Here is a very close-up and clear picture of the male Downy Woodpecker. Notice the short bill and the tuft of nasal bristles on top of the bill. This is what distinguishes it from the Hairy Woodpecker which has a longer bill and no bristles.

This is a permanent resident bird to Northern Virginia. 

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