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This was taken just after Christmas in Southern Alberta. It was a bitterly cold day (-25C or so) and I think due to the cold, he was more willing to let me get quite close before flying off. I am pretty sure this is a male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens), but if there are any ornitholigists out there who think I am in error, please let me know.

If this is in fact a Downy Woodpecker (I am 95% sure), they are said to be the most common woodpecker in North America, and they cover most of the continent. It is also the smallest woodpecker in NA too. This one is a male, as the female does not have the patch of red on her head.

I was very pleased to be able to get close enough to take a shot with this much detail, but I do wish the scan was better, frankly it is awful.

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Additional Photos by Darren Melrose (Darren) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1468 W: 120 N: 1049] (6823)
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