Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Hairy One Returns

This one won't faze a power birder, but I do get extremely interested when I find a Hairy Woodpecker at our feeders.  These jumbo-sized Downy-like woodpeckers (Picoides villosus) are best distinguished by their Cyrano-length bill.  Consquently they're often confused with the smaller bird.  So far so good.  And they are reasonably common throughout North America but it is my experience that they're many degrees more elusive and don't seem to be regulars at the suet feeders at any season of the year.  And once I see one, it may be weeks or months before the next encounter.  It was a good day for woodpeckers!

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