downy woodpeckers. They are females because the lack of red on the back of their heads.
When I first saw them they were in the air fighting only about six feet off the ground, very low or about the height of an adult human. I wasn't sure if they really liked each other or were really angry at each other until I could find that red spot, or lack of red. The lack told me what they were up to.
In the picture the two birds still seemed to be staying close to each other and watching the other very warily.Each kept circling around their tree and trying to get into a good place to get an advantage over her opponent.
So what do you think? Let me know if you think I'm wrong? Maybe I just missed the red head of a male. maybe this really is a display of avian amour and not feathered fury. I've been wrong plenty of times before. but maybe I'm completely right.
More pictures of this fight are coming tomorrow.
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