A Downy Woodpecker visited this week, an infrequent guest. Normally we get Hairy Woodpeckers. They look similar, but the Hairy Woodpeckers have longer beaks, different markings on the neck.

This Downy seems untroubled by gravity. He’s picking bugs out of the dead pine in my back yard. I should really cut it down, but the birds love it and the lack of needles makes it a great photo site, so I’m still conflicted.