The downy woodpecker is widespread and the smallest of all woodpeckers.
Just put out some suet, and you can pretty much guarantee they will stop by. And while these birds are definitely considered fairly common, I enjoy them very much when they visit!
This woodpecker is often confused with the hairy woodpecker, because they look incredibly similar. But the hairy is a bit bigger, and has a longer beak (in proportion to its head) than the downy. See the larger beak here?
Compared to this male I think the difference is marked:
I see downy woodpeckers frequently at home, but also in swamps and in the forest!
For today's earrings, I made a pair of peyote bezeled rivolis. Whenever I am in a pinch, this simple style is a perfect 'go-to' design. These are made with clear rivolis and my favorite pink shade of Delica beads! Don't forget, anyone who comments during the A-Z challenge will be entered to win seven pairs of earrings!
I hope you will join me tomorrow for the letter "E".