Peck, peck, peck… It’s a woodpecker!
Daddy and I were in our living room today playing zoo animals. We heard a bunch of birds chirping, and we looked out the window. We heard this pecking sound, and then we saw this woodpecker pecking on our house! My first thought was, “Grab the camera!” My second thought was, “Could you please stop him doing that?” We took a quick movie with our camera for you to watch:
After we made the movie, we went outside and scared him away into a nearby bush. We looked him up, and it is a downy woodpecker. Downy woodpeckers are black and white birds with a little spot of red on the top of their head. They look very much like hairy woodpeckers, but downys are smaller, have shorter beaks, and have lines on their outer tail feathers. Downy woodpeckers can be seen in Wisconsin and most of the United States and Canada year-round.
Woodpeckers are very interesting birds. Two of my favorite kinds are the red-bellied woodpecker and the common flicker. Red-bellied woodpeckers live in Wisconsin and Florida and everywhere in between. Common flickers, also called northern flickers, live in the same places as downy woodpeckers, but also live in Mexico.