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Old Friday 19th June 2009, 21:45   #1
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Downy or Hairy Woodpecker? Nr Pittsburgh, PA

A pair of these have shown up in the past couple of days; can anyone ID them as Downy or Hairy? I'm *thinking* the latter...

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Old Friday 19th June 2009, 21:57   #2
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This looks to be a Downy. The beak in the photos don't show a very large beak.
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Old Friday 19th June 2009, 22:44   #3
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Chris,

I agree with KC, the bill is too small, and judging by the size of the suet feeder the overall size of the bird points to Downy as well.

A good field mark to look for, especially when they are at your suet feeder, is dark bars or spots on the outer white tail feathers. Downy Woodpeckers have spots, Hairy Woodpeckers do not. They may not always be visible, but if they are there, you have a definite Downy.

If you are not sure which one it is, it is usually a Downy. If it is a Hairy it is usually obvious.

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Hi there, welcome to Birdforum.
I agree, female Downy Woody.
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The one on the fence rail looks like it may be a juvenile, although it is lacking the typical reddish patch at the front of the crown that most juveniles have. At any rate, I agree they are both downy woodpeckers.

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