Downy foraging


A downy, our smallest woodpecker, was flying from one tree to the next looking for things to eat, such as beetle grubs under the bark.

The Downy Woodpecker makes a visual inspection of a tree branch.

It also puts its ear to the bark to listen for the sounds of chewing within. By turning its head in this way, the downy nicely shows its the red patch on the back of its head, indicating that it is a male.

It then flew to the next tree and repeated the process.

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4 Responses to Downy foraging

  1. BETH HILLARD says:

    The picture of the Downy listening for a grub, remarkable! I had no idea they do that.

  2. Jennifer says:

    We’ve had a downy at our feeder but it is so interesting to see it listening for insects.
    Thanks for all the fabulous photos.

  3. Irene McIlwaine says:

    Thanks for those really interesting Downie pictures. He looks as if he is keeking for an insect, his eye bright as he listens.

  4. Christine Boyd says:

    Gosh those are good photos! Thanks Alistair, always appreciate your commentary.

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