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Temperatures are plummeting today and may reach 0° F (-17° C) by tonight, while the wind has started howling outside. I put out roasted peanuts for the birds, and the Downy Woodpecker, who had refrained from eating them in previous weeks, finally relented and started today.

Downy Woodpecker on nearby magnolia branches.

Downy Woodpecker on nearby magnolia branches.

Then he landed on a deck railing.

Then he landed on a deck railing.

Hmm, which one shall I take?

Hmm, which one shall I take?

I'll take half of one to start.

I’ll take half of one to start …

 

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