Bird #25 — Downy Woodpecker

picoides (from picus, a woodpecker, and eidos, appearance) pubescens (with hairs of puberty)

Tuesday, June 26, 1979 — 12:15 pm

Highland Park, Illinois — residential area

I was on my roofing job.  I had just returned from the lunch break during which I spotted my lifer Red-headed Woodpecker.  The house we were roofing was in a heavily-wooded residential area with a deep, heavily-wooded ravine, about 200 yards across, immediately behind the house.

The Downy Woodpeckers were foraging in a tree right at the edge of the ravine.  After picking at the branches for a short time, they flew down into the ravine out of my sight.

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