Photography of Birds – Set # 175

Set # 175


Downy Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker


The Downy Woodpecker gives a number of vocalizations, including a short pik call. One may identify the woodpecker by pik-call, counting half a second between piks (a total of four must be heard). The rattle-call is a short burst that sounds similar to a bouncing ball, while that of the Hairy Woodpecker is a shorter burst of the same amplitude. Like other woodpeckers, it also produces a drumming sound (sounds like four taps )with its beak as it pecks into trees. Compared to other North American species its drums are slow.

Red-winged Blackbird (F)


Red-winged Blackbird (F)

Red-winged Blackbird (F)


Young birds resemble the female, but are paler below and have buff feather fringes. Both sexes have a sharply pointed bill. The tail is of medium length and is rounded. The eyes, bill, and feet are all black. Unlike most North American passerines, which develop their adult plumage in their first year of life, so that the one-year-old and the oldest individual are indistinguishable in the breeding season, the sergeant thrush does not. it acquires until after the breeding season of the year following its birth, when it is between thirteen and fifteen months of age. Young males go through a transition stage in which the wing spots have an orange coloration before acquiring the most intense tone typical of adults.

Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

6 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 175

  1. Wonderful to see and learn about the Downy Woodpecker and Red-winged Blackbird, H.J. I always have a hard time distinguishing between the sound of the hairy and the downy woodpeckers, so I liked the detailed description here.

    • It’s hard to know right away, I do not ID them because the sound, instead I see what size it is, since the Downy is the smallest woodpecker.
      Thank you very much, Jet. πŸ™‚

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