November 4, 2015

Downy Woodpecker of Downsview

Filed under: Uncategorized — oversion @ 1:03 pm


It was just at a random spot on the walk to lunch I decided to peer through the fence into the woods at the high end of the ravine/brook area behind the light industry in Downsview.

And right there, completely unselfconsciously, was a woodpecker busy in action, thoroughly transfixed on the job, and just fast all the time, but munching away, and darting along the tree, upside down or otherwise. I close enough to see the remarkable feet of this bird, but even so, not that easily seen with the camera. All part of a vast splendid scene there, where I’m so lucky to periodically have cause to stroll through. 4970

This particular woodpecker I think deserves a more regal name. A dazzling bird, and eating with the grace of any particularly fine eaters anyone might want to put forward. So the woodpecker pecks wood, and we have to call it a woodpecker. Like Batman and Spiderman combined into one in the non-fiction world where we are born.



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