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Downy Woodpecker

We have Downy Woodpeckers in Utah, but they’re hard to find.  I’ve seen them in the spring and I saw one randomly on a telephone poll before a University of Utah football game, but in general I only see them a couple times of year.

This is very obviously a male as indicated by the red head.

In South Carolina Downy Woodpeckers were very common.  Here’s a female.

The abundance of woodpeckers in SC is great because I was able to hold out for some nice, close pictures instead of simply taking a confirming shot.  You can even see her brown eyes in this one:

I like this picture because she blends so well with the tree.

One other thing that we don’t have a lot of in Utah is buildings with skull roofs.

That’s right, a skull roof.

As a vegetarian I can’t imagine killing all these beautiful animals.  But to each his own I guess.


2 Responses to “Downy Woodpecker”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Beautiful photos of the Downy; I find woodpeckers to generally be unwilling models.

    The skull roof well……what the hell is going on?! It’s creepy – these people need a better past time than shooting animals.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    It takes a lot of woodpecker spotting to get enough pictures for a post.