I found this downy woodpecker on August 30th resting on a tree. The downy woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker at Palmer Lake. What is an interesting fact is for all woodpeckers is that their tongue is wrapped around the brain to help them from damaging it when they’re pecking. There is a woodpecker that looks similar to the downy and it is the hairy woodpecker. How you can tell the difference between them is the size and the beak.

Downy Woodpecker

This is what a hairy woodpecker looks like. I found this one at west palmer lake park yesterday in the evening.

Hairy Woodpecker

So far I have seen 4 different types of woodpeckers at Palmer Lake. The downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, pileated woodpecker and a northern flicker.

Published by PalmerLakeNature

I am a nature-loving teen who photographs all the cool nature in Minnesota and around the world. My goal is to share my passion for the outdoors with others. I was an Outdoor Education Intern at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in the summer of 2022 where I helped with the summer educational programs. I am also active with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center where I do coding, graphic design, photography, and 3D printing. A few of my photos have been published in a newsletter by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis Parks and Rec has also published my nature photos on their Facebook page. Current Equipment: Canon 90D, Tamron 100-400mm Lens, 50mm Lens

One thought on “Woodpeckers

  1. I was just talking about these two woodpeckers today with my friend. She has the pileated woodpecker at her cabin….they are 19 inches long and love eating carpenter ants!!! Very good & helpful information! Thank you,


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