This summer I’ve had the pleasure of observing and photographing some beautiful Downy Woodpeckers in my yard here in Arkansas.

One young Downy in particular has become a regular visitor to my suet feeder that I have hanging from a driftwood log. Like clockwork, this little one shows up at first light every morning to get a jump-start on breakfast.

The Downy Woodpecker is one of my favorite backyard birds to observe and photograph. Their striking black and white plumage stands out vividly against the trees as they hop along branches pecking away. And of course, I never get tired of hearing their distinctive drumming!

I feel very fortunate that these charismatic little woodpeckers continue to frequent my yard year after year. I will keep my suet stocked in hopes of having more photo opportunities with these special visitors. I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my backyard bird encounters! Let me know in the comments if you also get Downy Woodpeckers where you live.

Happy birding!
Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer

Downy Woodpeckers in Arkansas:

Common and Year-Round: Downy Woodpeckers are one of the most common woodpecker species in Arkansas. They can be found in the state year-round, making them a familiar sight for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

Habitat and Range: Downy Woodpeckers in Arkansas are typically found in open woodlands and forests, although they can also be spotted in backyard feeders and urban areas. They tend to favor deciduous trees for foraging and nesting.

Size and Appearance: The Downy Woodpecker is one of the smallest woodpecker species, measuring about 6–7 inches in length. They have a black body with a bright white back, belly, and throat, which makes them easily identifiable.

Behavior and Drumming Sound: Downy Woodpeckers are known for their active nature, constantly moving and foraging for insects on tree trunks and branches. They make a slightly slower drumming sound compared to other woodpecker species, allowing listeners to hear more of the individual drums.

Conservation Status: Downy Woodpeckers are not considered a species of concern in terms of conservation. Their populations are stable, and they are adaptable to various habitats and food sources.