Male Downy Woodpecker chowing down on suet during the recent snowstorm. Photo by K Clouston

The Downy Woodpecker is one of the smallest in North America. They look almost identical to the Hairy Woodpecker but their beak is smaller than the width of the head whereas the Hairy’s beak is longer than its head. As with the Hairy, the male Downy has a red patch at the back of its head while the female’s head is all black.