Feather Face


This male Downy dropped in for a visit yesterday.  Common throughout much of North America, I have found these bold little birds to be quite curious.  They rarely seem disturbed by my presence, and I never get tired of watching them.


If other birds were going to tease and taunt this woodpecker (you know how birds can be) they might call him “feather face.”  If you look, you’ll see that he has a patch of poofy feathers right at the base of his beak.  These are actually there to help keep woodchips out of his nostrils when he is drilling and pecking away at trees.  Pretty cool, eh?

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Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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4 Responses to Feather Face

  1. avian101 says:

    …And I thought it was because they like the TV show “Duck Dynasty”!
    Great post Kathy! 🙂

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Thanks! …and they probably do like the show…

  3. He is a very cute “Feather Face!” The very day you posted your Downy, I had just taken some photos of one in my back yard, they look like brothers!
    Great photos!


  4. Sue says:

    Such a charming little bird — I just love seeing these guys around the feeder.

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