‘A Bestiary’ ~ Downy Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker

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The , picoides pubescens and the , Melanerpes carolinus are featured in my last installment of ‘A Bestiary’ over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens

Downy Woodpeckers are friends to farmers and gardeners in that they enjoy dining on apple borers, tent caterpillars and more unwelcome insects.

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens

These smaller woodpeckers are often seen at bird feeders.

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens

Since I have stopped feeding the via bird feeders I rarely see the Downy Woodpeckers . . . so though they may be common it is always a treat to see them.

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus

My first sighting ever at Flower Hill Farm . . . a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus was too far away to get a good shot, but I was very excited to see this beautiful woodpecker in our Rock Maple tree outside the old farmhouse. You can see more photos and information about these birds at the link above.

It seems that spring is finally here in Western Massachusetts . . . hundreds of geese are moving through, snowdrops are up and I have sighted my first Mourning Cloak. The Phoebe has returned too!

Happy Spring to everyone!

Carol Duke

Carol Duke

Carol Duke is an artist and farmer who has worked with the land on a Western Massachusetts hillside for over thirty years. During this time her land has evolved into a diverse wildlife habitat. Carol features the flora and fauna that live and visit her farm on her blog http://flowerhillfarm.blogspot.com/ As vital wildlife habitats are destroyed daily, Carol hopes to inspire others to garden for wildlife, while becoming activists for wild places the world over. Her nature photography has appeared in magazines, books and newspapers.

Carol Duke

Carol Duke

Carol Duke is an artist and farmer who has worked with the land on a Western Massachusetts hillside for over thirty years. During this time her land has evolved into a diverse wildlife habitat. Carol features the flora and fauna that live and visit her farm on her website and blog http://caroldukeflowers.com As vital wildlife habitats are destroyed daily, Carol hopes to inspire others to garden for wildlife, while becoming activists for wild places the world over. Her nature photography has appeared in magazines, books and newspapers.

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Susan Lee

Wonderful photos! I often see families of each of these woodpeckers around the tall trees on and near my property but have not the equipment to get such fine photo-portraits, so Thank You!