The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America. It is common and widespread, although it avoids the arid southwest. In the east, it is a familiar sight at backyard feeders and in parks and woodlots. They are commonly seen with flocks of chickadees and nuthatches. Their rising-and-falling flight style makes them distinctive from many woodpeckers. In spring and summer, they make lots of noise, both with their shrill whinnying call and by drumming on trees.