We’ve seen this guy before, back in April.
But while I’ve heard him once in a while, I haven’t seen him before early November.
It’s our friend the downy woodpecker, small, black and white with some spots.
I read something the other day that they’re the smallest North American woodpecker. This one’s not a whole lot bigger than a house finch.
While the bigger woodpeckers can make quite a racket, this little guy is pretty quiet. I could barely hear him from twenty feet away.
If you hear a loud, hammer-like sound around here, it’s probably one of the ravens, wanting to know when I’m going to feed the squirrels so that they can swoop in and steal dinner!