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Old Mar 2, 2010, 7:21 PM   #1
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A Downey Woodpecker. First I ever saw. This was the smallest woodpecker I have ever seen, Not much bigger then a warbler. Not able to get any great photos, was flitting around in heavy cover. Did not stay still for long.

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Old Mar 2, 2010, 7:44 PM   #2
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Fairly common in KY Ed. Did not realize they were not so prevalant in FL.
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That last one is really nice - he looks like he has a soft head. I have no idea if we have them around here. We have several different types of woodpeckers (I've seen at least two, of which I've identified one, White Headed Woodpecker), but they are just too fast and shy for me to get a picture of them. Well, the Flicker is listed in my field guide as a type of woodpecker and I've got several pictures of them, but somehow I don't quite count them.
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Isn't it amazing how distribution and abundance varies! These are by far the commonest woodpeckers here in TN, and not all that shy of slow photographers either...
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Fairly common in KY Ed. Did not realize they were not so prevalant in FL.
I have lived in South Florida my whole life and this is the first I have seen here. They must enjoy the colder climates.

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I have lived in South Florida my whole life and this is the first I have seen here. They must enjoy the colder climates.

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Hey Ed, I did get a shot of one in 2008, haven't seen one since though.
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I'm not much of a birder, and I see several every year up here in Vermont, so they must be fairly prevalent in my area as well. I would guess you're right that they tend to stay in the colder climates. Nice pics, by the way.
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