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Acorn, Downy, or Hairy Woodpecker in California's San Joaquin Valley? (1 Viewer)

vbnut

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I took this photo shortly after noon in mid-February 2022, at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos, California. I don't see very many woodpeckers, but I'm guessing this is a Acorn, Downy or Hairy. Can anyone help me with the id?

Thanks in advance.
 

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KenM

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I took this photo shortly after noon in mid-February 2022, at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos, California. I don't see very many woodpeckers, but I'm guessing this is a Acorn, Downy or Hairy. Can anyone help me with the id?

Thanks in advance.
No Photo!

Cheers
 

KC Foggin

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Yes, a Hairy Woodpecker would have an all white outer tail feather and a Downy has black markings on the white outer tail feathers.
 

Butty

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Do I recall that western populations of hairy wodpecker have black on the outertail? In any event, the small bill makes this downy woodpecker. Acorn woodpecker has mantle all-black and a peculiar face-pattern.
 

KC Foggin

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Do I recall that western populations of hairy wodpecker have black on the outertail? In any event, the small bill makes this downy woodpecker. Acorn woodpecker has mantle all-black and a peculiar face-pattern.
I'm on the eastern side of the U.S.
Downy woodpeckers have a few black bars or spots on their white outer tail feathers, while the outer tail feathers on the hairy are usually plain and unmarked.
 

Butty

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The OP's record is in W California. Pacific populations of hairy woodpecker have black markings on the white outer tail-feathers (Sibley), so that ID criterion may not be applicable in this case.
 

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