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.
The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America and grows to about the size of a sparrow. It gets its name from the fluffy white downs on its back.
I was watching this male in the trees on a neighboring property and was trying to take a picture of him among all the branches, twigs and leaves when suddenly a young woodpecker appeared, fed by the adult bird.
The pictures with the young bird are unfortunately not as good as I would like them to be, but at least they have documentary value.