Is it a female with a small break, or a male not completely filled in? It is clearly not our Rosey, who has a much wider break in the red, and much more rosy cheeks. It's not Big Red whose red is bright and unbroken. And it's not this year's baby, since the baby still has a gray head.
The bird is somewhat smaller than a full-grown adult. Is it a juvenile from last year? I'll show you the pictures and let you decide. I know some of you are far more expert than I.
I'm not sure if the Downy recognizes the various Red-bellied Woodpeckers. But he is taking no chances. He's been chased out deep into the woods by Big Red often enough. He clings closely to the tree hoping he won't be noticed.
So, the bird ate plenty of food and then took off quickly so that I couldn't see the tail feathers. It's been almost three days and I haven't seen her or him again. I wonder what Big Red might have done had he seen another Red-bellied in his territory.
And, I must admit to myself...when you wonder about unknown birds (i.e. not one of "ours") do you perhaps need to get more of a life?