Gratuitous shots of handsome male Downy Woodpecker. Check out the tail - the two middle feathers certainly show the wear from using it to balance/brace against tree trunks, but this tail is far less "ratty" than others I have seen. Both sexes incubate eggs, and so get brood patches. All of the Downys I have seen at last couple of banding sessions have the beginnins. Spring is coming!