Sunday, January 5, 2014

Woodpeckers: Hairy vs Downy

Here are two lookalikes that I have trouble telling apart until they're side-by-side. The Hairy Woodpecker is the larger of the twins with a much longer bill than the smaller version of the two, the Downy Woodpecker.

Downy vs Hairy
Recently I was lucky enough to get a perfect shot of the two together sharing a 
Giant Sugar Pinecone suet feeder. ♥

Hairy vs Downy
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17 comments:

  1. They're gorgeous birds. I love woodpeckers.

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  2. Amazing to have two different species together like this.

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  3. I love the woodies! Cool photos showing the comparison between these two cute woodies..Have a happy day!

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  4. very clever and innovative; lovely photos they make when the birds come along; just prove how worthy these creative projects are

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  5. I really like these woodies! They are regular visitors to my feeder, year-round, and very welcome there.

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  6. Oh wow! Great captures. I only have the Downies at my feeders.

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  7. These little characters are so similar. but the macros here highlight the subtle differences beautifully. Your pine cone of suet looks wonderful.

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  8. They look the same to me! They are gorgeous.

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  9. Beautiful shots of nice birds!

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  10. Wonderful shots! Such cute little birds!

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  11. Sweet! We have them here, too. I have trouble telling them apart, as well. Thanks for the tips about the bills and the sizes. Great photos!

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  12. Great comparison.... They can be hard to tell apart..... Michelle

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  13. Splendid birds - we have no woodpeckers in Australia - but I have been lucky enough to see these two species on my travels - it would be great if these "matched pairs" of birds always got about in twos to help with the ID!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  14. They visit here almost daily and we love to see them.. The Hairy has a distinctive call he makes at the suet feeder.

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