[CT Birds] "Red-headed" Downy Woodpecker

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 19:28:08 EDT 2014

That is an immature Downy Woodpecker, likely a male, in reasonably typical immature plumage.  I have six Downys at the feeder right now and two are 
quite similar to this, two have a more limited red cap making it more difficult to determine sex, an adult male and a female. 

Mark Szantyr

> On Jun 27, 2014, at 6:52 PM, Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> At the suet feeder today was a Downy Woodpecker, with a nice red cap -- neither the red forehead of the immature nor the red at the back of the mature.  (Link to photos below -- open to all.)
> Now, I'm not trying to claim it's a Nuttall's, but is this a known, fairly common variant?  Is it a form of the immature?  
> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152554522044042.1073741854.525184041&type=1&l=39a8b393ba
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