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 Post subject: Hairy or Downy?
PostPosted: Sep 25 4:51 pm 
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I spent Sunday morning at the Great Blue Heron Reserve.
I'm not sure if the Woodpecker is a Hairy or a Downy? He looks small but was way up the tree. I can tell the difference if one is sitting at the feeder in my yard but not when up a tree!
Cathy

Imageking fisher 17-9-24 GBH_0420 by Cathy Oss, on Flickr

Imagewoodpecker, hairy 17-9-24 GBH_0561 by Cathy Oss, on Flickr

Imagewoodpecker, hairy 17-9-24 GBH_0562 by Cathy Oss, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Hairy or Downy?
PostPosted: Sep 25 9:12 pm 
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Great pics! You've got a downy there. You can tell easiest by the bill proportion. The bill is much longer relatively in a hairy.

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 Post subject: Re: Hairy or Downy?
PostPosted: Sep 25 9:13 pm 
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I'm no expert, but I'd call that a Downy - I'd expect a longer bill for a Hairy. Although maybe it's just the angle.

Nice shots!

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 Post subject: Re: Hairy or Downy?
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Agree, Downy just by small size of bill, love the bonus kingfisher!

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 Post subject: Re: Hairy or Downy?
PostPosted: Sep 26 9:38 am 
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Downy. Note the black bars on the white outer tail feathers, almost always absent on Hairy. A useful mark when looking at the bird from behind, and the bill is not visible.


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 Post subject: Re: Hairy or Downy?
PostPosted: Sep 26 11:42 am 
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Thanks everyone! I didn't know about the bars on the tail feathers. That's a good tip.


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 Post subject: Re: Hairy or Downy?
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Great Kingfisher shot. Cheers.

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