Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blizzards of 2010: Downy Woodpeckers

The beauty of snow on all of the tree limbs is that birds that are often hard to see - size and color - can be seen easily.  As the snow fell, the downy woodpeckers could be seen landing on the dogwood tree prior to approaching the suet feeders.
During February, all of the woodpeckers - even the downies - spend time on the maple trees to feed on the sap that is running.
All of the woodpeckers keep an alert eye for trouble while on the maples.
In a few months, the leaves will prevent this small woodpecker from being seen at this position on the tree.
This male downy also enjoyed visiting the suet feeder just outside of the back porch window (aka the Colvin Run Habitat observation deck).  This feeder was put up as the suet feeders were not reachable down the hill in the snow.  Within a day, the downies would allow me to walk on the porch while they were at the feeder.

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