Downy Woodpeckers

The small downy woodpeckers (Dryobates pubescens) always bring a smile. They are particularly fond of peanut butter, and love dining on the peanut butter in the coconut shells at the feeders in the Ramble in Central Park. I've had downy woodpeckers sit on a fence in the North Woods and wait for me to open my bag for peanuts. Sunflower seeds don't cut it. Peanuts are what they want!

Downy woodpecker, the feeders in Central Park, February 4, 2019, eating peanut butter in a pine cone

Downy woodpecker, the feeders in Central Park, February 4, 2019, eating peanut butter in a pine cone

Downy woodpecker at the feeders, dining on a suet blend, April 1, 2017

Downy woodpecker at the feeders, dining on a suet blend, April 1, 2017

Al fresco dining at the coconut shell, March 3, 2016

Al fresco dining at the coconut shell, March 3, 2016

A female downy woodpecker at Laupot Bridge, Central Park, January 1, 2015

A female downy woodpecker at Laupot Bridge, Central Park, January 1, 2015

A female downy in Riverside Park near 116th Street, March 2, 2016.

A female downy in Riverside Park near 116th Street, March 2, 2016.

Left: July 1, 2015, the Ramble, Central Park; right: March 3, 2016.