The bird feeders have been busy this week, and one afternoon I glanced out and noticed a different silhouette at the suet feeder. It was a downy woodpecker! Here he is opposite a chestnut-backed chickadee - it's kind of cool how different species share the feeders nicely:
I remember downy woodpeckers at the suet feeder in the backyard when I was a little girl, but as I got older we saw fewer and fewer of them in the neighborhood. I see them occasionally on the island, but this was a new species to visit our feeders here on the houseboat. I haven't seen it again since then, but I hope he becomes a regular visitor!