Our serene photo of the day comes Emigrant Lake, Oregon.
A moment of calm seems to defy the fact that the downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is a boisterous little thing. As Cornell's Lab of Ornithology notes, they make a lot of noise, "both with their shrill whinnying call and by drumming on trees.” This shot, beautifully photographed by Mark Heatherington, might be the calm before a storm of chatter.
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