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Hairy Woodpecker?


Photographed in May 2011, just posting now. I think this is a Hairy Woodpecker (seen on side of tree trunk with the open hole, housing a nest in first photo).


Nesting in a dead tree trunk in the woods.


Photographed in Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, PA

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1Sarah2 11 years ago

I see what you mean. I was looking at the drawings on the whatbird site. I should know better by now. The pictures do look remarkably similar. Size would be a distinctive characteristic with the hairy woodpecker being the larger.

Mostly Microbe
Mostly Microbe 11 years ago

Thanks for the link, 1Sarah2.
I based my guess on its being a Hairy on it's relatively large size as described on Cornell's site:
And it looks to me in this link that both the Hairy and Downy have the line down the neck you're referring to.

1Sarah2 11 years ago

I think that this is a Downy Woodpecker.
Check out the head illustration, especially the line coming from the bill and down the neck.

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New Hope, Pennsylvania

Spotted on May 30, 2011
Submitted on Sep 13, 2011

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