A little Downy Woodpecker was in the backyard today. There was a spot of red on its head, which means it’s a male. At first he was picking at the remaining berries on the tree.

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The berries are looking somewhat dried out by now, but the woodpecker didn’t seem to mind.

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Taking one last look at the berries before moving on.

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The little woodpecker moved to another tree where he poked and pecked at the bark.

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And here you can see the woodpecker’s tongue. He has a long tongue that he uses to poke into holes he’s pecked, pulling out insect larvae. He may be pulling something back into his mouth here.

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