In between positions along the Illinois River across from Starved Rock watching for bald eagles, I heard the tell-tale rapping sound of a woodpecker. Sure enough, this downy woodpecker was working a branch. She's very similar to a hairy woodpecker, apart from the size and beak. I admit, birding is harder out in the woods. The butterfly room makes it super easy.
Camera Nerdery: Auto-focus couldn't fight through all the dozens of yards of branches between itself and the bird, so I manually focused the best I could considering the size of the subject in the viewfinder. [Canon 1D mkIII, 300L f/2.8 + 1.4x, 1/1600, f/6.3]