A Downy Woodpecker in the Pear Tree

An almost profile shot of a male Downy Woodpecker, shot from 10 feet away. He had just finished his evening meal at the suet feeder, and had flown over to the pear tree to chill … and wipe his beak on the limb. Napkins are down here, buddy!

Downy Woodpecker on Pear Tree


6 thoughts on “A Downy Woodpecker in the Pear Tree

    • I have gotten within a few inches of chickadees, juncos, bushtits, and Downy Woodpeckers, but not as close with the Spotted Towhee, Varied Thrush and Northern Flicker. Generally, the bigger the bird, the larger the personal space. 🙂

      You will eventually get the “money shot” with enough opportunities! 🙂


    • you never know … we have even had a shorebird pop in when the beach waters were frozen late last year, so I’m hoping a partridge will show up — if for just purely poetic reasons! 🙂 🙂 🙂


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