Friday, November 2, 2018

Hairy Woodpecker

Elsewhere in this blog, I have commented on ways to tell Hairy (above) and Downy (below) woodpeckers. In these images, taken of the Downy on 30 October and of the Hairy on 21 October 2018, you can clearly see the difference in the bill size—despite the fact that the Downy is a large male and the Hairy is a relatively small female. But there is another difference evident here. At least at our feeders, Hairy Woodpeckers seem more gluttonous than Downys, as evidenced by the Hairy Woodpecker’s often carrying large chucks of suet away from the feeding station.

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