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This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Photo Share: The agile downy woodpecker

Hi Sarah, I took these during the GBBC. I thought maybe you would like them. We have 6 downys & I was lucky to get the 4 in one shot. - Holly
According to AllAboutBirds.com: The active little Downy Woodpecker is a familiar sight at backyard feeders, where it joins flocks of chickadees and nuthatches, barely outsizing them. An often acrobatic forager, this black-and-white woodpecker is at home on tiny branches or balancing on slender plant galls, sycamore seed balls, and suet feeders.

Where they occur, Downy Woodpeckers are the most likely woodpecker species to visit a backyard bird feeder. They prefer suet feeders, and seed cylinders but are also fond of black oil sunflower seeds and nuts. In the spring, Downy woodpeckers will drink sap from trees or from oriole and hummingbird feeders as well.

Thank you Holly for sharing your photos. If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts. 
And a couple more...Northern Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker also enjoying a seed cylinder.

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