I was waiting in my car for an appointment and this little lady was right outside my window. This is a female Picoides pubescens or Downy Woodpecker. They are the smallest woodpecker in the U.S. The male looks very similar, except he has a splash of bright red on the crown of his head.
Many people wonder when a woodpecker pecks at their house if they have bugs. If the bird is making an even ‘jack-hammer’ type racket, this is a call, just like a song from a songbird…. but in a heavy metal kinda way!
The video is what a typical woodpecker sounds like while dining.
Any layman can improve their winter tree ID skills by remembering the woodpecker removed bark of an ash tree.