Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018
My brother Bubba is around more these days because he’s renovating Poppie’s house for himself and his wife. He’s a birder, among other things. He also has a better camera and better photography skills. He set up his camera near the Triangle Bed with a long lens and a remote program on his iPad that allowed him to shoot photos from the back porch.
Bubba claims this bird is the female Downy Woodpecker but, in my opinion, it could easily be the Hairy Woodpecker because of its size. The two birds are almost identical but Audubon gives a few clues for differentiating them.
If this is a Downy woodpecker, their diet includes insects, seeds and berries, and visits to bird feeders.