The Downy Woodpecker

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Male Downy Woodpecker – February, 2015

Bobbing and weaving from side to side
With moves that would give Ali pride

Inching slowly down the tree
Step by step it looks a breeze

His sturdy tail a built-in pivot
Lights on the feeder in but a minute

Clinging upside down with ease
An acrobat whose antics please

His tank refueled with dabs of suet
He’s primed again to hop back to it

Up the tree clear to the top
Steadily he climbs nonstop

Quickly now he soars away
To reappear another day

*The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 13-16, 2015.