January 29, 2014

The standoff.

The standoff. by ricmcarthur
The standoff., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
I don't know what caused these two downy woodpeckers to go beak to beak in a stare down, but they kept at it for about 1 minute.

Bobbing their heads, thrusting their bills forward and puffing up their wings the appeared to be trying to intimidate each other.

It was resolved peacefully when one flew off.

Picoides pubescens

In winter Downy Woodpeckers are frequent members of mixed species flocks. Advantages of flocking include having to spend less time watching out for predators and better luck finding food from having other birds around.

Downy Woodpeckers have been discovered nesting inside the walls of buildings.

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