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red spot on back of head. Black surounding the eyes. White spot on wings. white stomach

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Hairy Woodpecker - Photo (c) Gavan Watson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
sea-kangaroo's ID: Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Red-headed Woodpeckers have heads that are all red, and are only rarely found on this side of the country. This is an adult male Hairy Woodpecker-- the red spot shows it's a male, and the white spots, white back, and all-white outer tail feather show it's a Hairy Woodpecker (Downy Woodpeckers look very similar but have a black-spotted outer tail feather instead of an all-white one). This is a nice, close photo (even though the beak's cut off), makes it easy to ID.

Posted by sea-kangaroo over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by mcdaniel_laura_2 over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Thank you

Posted by mcdaniel_laura_2 over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Laura, you have a research grade observation!!

Posted by protecthabitat over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hairy Woodpecker - Photo (c) Gavan Watson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
protecthabitat's ID: Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Posted by protecthabitat over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hairy Woodpecker - Photo (c) Gavan Watson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
loarie's ID: Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Great sighting! I was going to agree with Hairy (as opposed to Downy) based on the larger beak size, but I didn't know about sea-kangaroo's tail-feather trick - learn something new every day!

Posted by loarie over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hairy Woodpecker - Photo (c) Gavan Watson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
dave-barry's ID: Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Posted by dave-barry over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hairy Woodpecker - Photo (c) Gavan Watson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
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