|Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)|
|Female Downy Woodpecker with a Trio of Juncos|
Downies are North America's smallest woodpeckers. Nevertheless, in their black and white garb, they are also among the handsomest of birds. I have never seen more than one at a time, but if you encounter a group, call it a "descent," "drumming" or a "gatling" of woodpeckers according to iBird. Here on South Fidalgo, they are common visitors at the feeders in fall and winter.