Hairy Woodpecker (32)
|I have found a new place to go walking and bird watching. The area was just full of birds yesterday -- we saw two kinds of Sparrows foraging along the creek banks, several Oregon Juncos, a flock of Steller's Jays, two Flickers, half a dozen American Robins, and we heard one hawk but it was on the far side of the creek and we couldn't see it. We headed back to the bridge to cross over and try to find it, but we could hear the Jays mobbing it, and by the time we reached the bridge they had chased it away. But then this Hairy Woodpecker landed just twenty feet away and posed so nicely for me, so I was not quite so disappointed about missing the hawk.|
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) -- looks very much like a Downy Woodpecker, but is quite a bit larger, with a head smaller in proportion to the body and a much longer, heavier beak. Also has fewer spots on the wings. However, it's call sounds identical to the Downy, at least to my ear.