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Downy on Yarrow | by Roger Kirchen
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Downy on Yarrow

Usually, I see woodpeckers during the winter months. Until now. A family of Downy WPs (male, female and juvenile) has taken a liking to our yarrow plants. They swoop out of the tree cover, land on the yarrow stalks and start drumming holes and sometimes they peel a strip of plant material away. They then extract all kinds of little critters: bright yellow ones, long and thin ones and this one here.

 

The embedded photos show the WP extracting his food from the stalk.

 

This is a male juvenile Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).

 

The top photo is close to full capture size (minor crop on the sides and full height).

 

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Taken on July 31, 2012