Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hairy Not Downy

This female hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) found peanuts that the squirrels had hidden in a knot in the bird feeder tree. I made this collage in Photoshop Elements and I am not happy with the results. The photos go in order from left to right, top to bottom. I took these today.

When my digital photography instructor saw my "downy woodpecker" photos, he told me, and another birder student confirmed, that all of my woodpeckers are hairys and not downys. My woodpeckers are a smidgin bigger than a robin. Downys are apparently the size of nuthatches.

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  1. I have pictures on my blog today of our Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, and from the link on the right of my blog you have got to go and check out Abes blog, he as Downy's, Hairys... and even a Yellow Bellied Sapsucks on show.

  2. I don't know. I pulled out my Peterson's guide and they sure look like Downey to me. The laddering up the sides of the wings go pretty high to be Hairy, don't you think? I can't really judge the bill size in comparison with the pics I have, but the large bill would be a distinctive hairy feature. And they don't have that little side patch of dark on light just at the top of the wing like hairy's do. What were they basing their judgement on?


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