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At first, I thought it was a very early juvenile.  Couldn't find any woodpecker or gnatcatcher that looked close to this.  Please excuse the photos, I only had and I touch and I have tremors.   I did not retouch the photos other then to crop them.

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The underbelly is all gray it is not a shadow.  It's got to be a Downy hybrid.  The all-charcoal gray underbelly and its' small size was different from the other two black and white Downys at the feeders.

 

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I have seen Downys with grayish bellies before, though I do think there is shadow making the gray seem darker than it is. You can by the way the head striped change shade from picture to picture. Definitely a downy though!

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1 hour ago, Sodusbird said:

The underbelly is all gray it is not a shadow.  It's got to be a Downy hybrid.  The all-charcoal gray underbelly and its' small size was different from the other two black and white Downys at the feeders.

 

Respectfully, the belly sure looks like it's in the shadow of the suet above it.  This looks like a standard, non-hybrid Downy to me.

As to it being smaller than other woodpeckers, is it possible the other two were Hairy Woodpeckers, not Downys?  Hairys are almost identical in appearance but are about one-third larger.

Thanks.

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Regular Downy in third and fourth.   Melanistic slate Down is in photos 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.  No burns in the Sodus, MI area.  If you'll look at photos 4 and 5 you can see that even the stripe under his eye is gray not white.  I will continue to observe the Downy as long as it stays around.  Does anyone know if it's a female or male?

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4 minutes ago, Sodusbird said:

Regular Downy in third and fourth.   Melanistic slate Down is in photos 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.  No burns in the Sodus, MI area.  If you'll look at photos 4 and 5 you can see that even the stripe under his eye is gray not white.  I will continue to observe the Downy as long as it stays around.  Does anyone know if it's a female or male?

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1 hour ago, chipperatl said:

Anyone - Does the Pacific Downy Woodpecker get this dark?

I thought they are usually more buffy than charcoal. The darkest I can find in Macaulay are these:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/413000661?_gl=1*34lnhz*_ga*NDIxNzY1MTI4LjE2NDc2MzEwNTE.*_ga_QR4NVXZ8BM*MTY0ODA4MjgzNy42LjEuMTY0ODA4Mjg1MS40Ng..#_ga=2.212505364.1897976226.1648053894-421765128.1647631051

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399606151?_gl=1*or8zka*_ga*NDIxNzY1MTI4LjE2NDc2MzEwNTE.*_ga_QR4NVXZ8BM*MTY0ODA4MjgzNy42LjEuMTY0ODA4Mjg1MS40Ng..#_ga=2.246011012.1897976226.1648053894-421765128.1647631051

The map of eBird reports for Pacific Downies shows a few vagrant records, from Tennessee and Colorado.

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