Ok. I admit it. I really like photographing woodpeckers. Not exactly a news flash, eh? But these are really neat birds and with so many species of woodpeckers, their sizes, colorations, habits, etc. provide some welcome variety to the winter landscape. It would be easy to say that I like the Pileated ones the best with their size, bold color and aloof behavior. And yes, they do leave me in awe whenever I have the chance to observe them. However, the Downy, those friendly littlest ones that check in on you several times a day are probably my favorites. With its tiny body nestled within that fluffy down overcoat it never ceases to amaze me how they endure the long and cold winters. Even in the most fierce winter weather with below zero temps and wind driven snow, they’re out there in the back yard checking all the stumps for morsels of food. Such was the winter day I caught this little one snuggled up on the leeward side of an obliterated stump. Snug from the wind, she was happy to enjoy the warmth of the afternoon sun while posing for a few quick snaps.
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