After a summer of hiding in the leaves, the downy woodpeckers are back in sight. On the third Friday in October, a male downy woodpecker shared the area near Saylorville Lake with the migrating sparrows. The lively woodpeckers stay here all year. Their urgent tapping and harsh calls break the silence of the frosty winter mornings.
A downy woodpecker tapping on a dried plant stalk and then calling before he flies away, Jester Park, Iowa, October 20, 2017. A red-winged blackbird calls in the background.
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