(Dryobates pubescens)
Indiana, USA – July 2020

In a previous post, I had shown photos of a Downy Woodpecker raising a young bird. Unfortunately, the birds were quite distant and difficult to photograph.

Then, in early July, I managed to get a close-up portrait of this male. Woodpeckers are not very shy and are usually very busy examining tree branches and bark for tidbits. By their loud knocking and hammering they attract attention from far away.

Downy Woodpecker