Hairy Woodpecker [Picoides villosus] ~ #65

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker ~ Lillooet, BC ~ June 21, 2015

This was the last new bird that I spotted in the month of June, and actually a lifer for me. I was taking a stroll around the Lower Channel and was taking my time and searching the trees for movement. This woodpecker camouflages pretty good against her choice of trees, but her movement caught my eye.

In trying to identify her I was trying to determine if she was a Hairy or a Downy Woodpecker. When referring to the All About Birds website it says that the Hairy Woodpeckers’ beak is a little longer than the Downy. As well, it said that the Downy Woodpecker had white outside tail feathers that had black spots. I went back and forth between my pictures and a few websites for a while … it’s harder to distinguish between similar species when you don’t have a side by side comparison. If anyone feels that perhaps this is a Downey please let me know in the comments. I also think that this is a female, however in the picture below it almost looks like a red hue on her head, which would make her a him instead.

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker ~ Lillooet, BC ~ June 21, 2015

Just last weekend while in Lillooet, I spotted what I believe to be the same bird in the same area. This time it was drawing attention to itself with her tap-tap-tapping while it was searching out food in tree. I wonder if these birds ever get headaches?

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker ~ Lillooet, BC ~ August 2, 2015


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