August 27, 2013

Stand off

Stand off by ricmcarthur
Stand off, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
These two downy woodpeckers both wanted to go to the suet feeder.
They started posturing, bobbing up and down spreading and snapping their wings in an effort to drive the other away.
This went on for about two minutes before one finally left.

Scientific stuff
Picoides pubescens
Downy Woodpeckers are small versions of the classic woodpecker body plan. They have a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. The bill tends to look smaller for the bird’s size than in other woodpeckers.
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Photo taken at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

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