Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Wednesday Wings - Woodpecker 101
I was so excited to get this picture - a Downy Woodpecker male on the left, a Hairy Woodpecker male on the right. It clearly shows the most noticeable difference between the two species, their size.
The little six inch long Downy is the smallest and most numerous woodpecker species living and nesting in our area.
The larger nine inch Hairy has the same markings except for lacking some black spots on his white tail feathers.
The females of both species match the males minus the red spot on the back of the head.
A close up of the Hairy male so you can admire his formidable beak.
Next largest at eleven inches is the Red-bellied Woodpecker. When a Redbellie lands on the suet feeder, everything else flies away. Even the starlings.
This is a female. The males have continuous red across the tops of their heads.
Two years ago I posted Don't Call Me Red-Headed with more pictures and information on the Redbellies.
Almost two feet long, the awesome Pileated Woodpeckers are year round residents of the woods across the street from our property. They're slowly growing in number in our neighborhood.
One of my bird fantasies is that I would look out the window and see a Pileated at the feeding station. So far that hasn't happened. They hang out high up in the tallest tree tops. I strained the limits of my zoom lens to get this fuzzy picture.