Downy woodpeckers, the smallest of our woodpecker, are very common across North America and are feeder favorites. However this adult male was not visiting a feeder when I captured this series of images.
I was (unsuccessfully)attempting to photograph a yellow-shafted flicker feeding on grubs in a long ago abandoned lawn when the little downy landed nearby. Although not scared enough to fly away he persisted in keeping me under keen observation.
Remaining curious throughout the encounter he stretches to his fullest height for a better view