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Hairy Woodpeckers

Picoides villosus

Description:

These three hairy woodpeckers were flying around each other making a racket in a tree overhead and then just stopping for a while. There were two males and a female. They are a small woodpecker with black and white upperparts, white underparts. Male has red patch on the back of head. They look a lot like a smaller woodpecker the Downy and the best way to tell the difference when they are not beside each other is in the beak. The Hairy's beak is longer compared to their head than the downy.

Habitat:

They live here in New England year round. They nest in our neighborhood and bring their young to our feeders and suet in the Spring.

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2 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Very nice! I saw my first "hairy" here last week!

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textless 9 years ago

Beautiful birds!

bjohnson
Spotted by
bjohnson

Maine, USA

Spotted on Nov 14, 2011
Submitted on Nov 14, 2011

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