April 2011


This male Downy Woodpecker was photographed at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The female Downy Woodpecker was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin

The female Downy Woodpecker was photographed at the Estabrook Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Downy Woodpeckers are checkered and spotted with black and white, and a white back, breast and undersides. The male has a small red patch on the back of the head. The Hairy Woodpecker is larger in size than the Downy. The Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers are the only Woodpeckers with a white back. It has a range from Alaska and Canada to South United States. It has a habitat of forests, woodlots, willows, river groves, orchards, and shade trees. It feeds mostly on insects, and seeds and suet at bird feeders.

This is the smallest of the woodpeckers in North America. It is common and widespread, however avoids the arid southwest states. It is familiar to urban areas and parks and feeds on weed stalks, bird feeders, and large trees.

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This small black bird with a brown head was photographed in Wehr Nature Center, Franklin Wisconsin.

The female Brown-Headed Cowbird.

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The male Brown-Headed Cowbird is black with a brown head. The female is gray with a lighter throat. They can be seen in most of the United States. They have a habitat on farms, fields, barnyards, roadsides, wooded edges, and groves. They follow cattle and feed on insects from the grass. Cowbirds are known for laying eggs in other bird nests, leaving them for the other birds to raise them. They are known for having parasites and spreading them to other birds.