Wonderful Woodpeckers!

Wandering around Campbell Valley Park a while ago , I came upon this Downy Woodpecker, pecking at the leaf buds of these plants. 

DOWNY WOODPECKER, CAMPBELL VALLEY PARK, BC

Downy Woodpeckers are often a quick view as they move through the trees, so this was a rare treat. I watched him for about 10 minutes. 

Downy Woodpecker

There are four common woodpeckers in this the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

The splendid Pileated Woodpecker is the largest  at 16 – 18 inches long.

PILEATED WOODPECKER

Next comes the Northern Flicker.

A PAIR OF NORTHER FLICKERS

This lovely bird uses tapping to claim a territory and a mate and the  noisier the better, so these are the ones you hear banging on a metal chimney or a vent in the spring.

NORTHER FLICKER

The Hairy Woodpecker is similar to the Downy, but slightly larger and has a longer beak. 

HAIRY WOODPECKER

If you hear tapping close by, stop and wait and you will often locate “Woody”!

COLIN RANKIN FOR TRDB

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