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 I think I can only see the top of the tail (with some highlight spots) but not enough of the underside of the tail to see where the spotting would be, but tough to differentiate between tail and underside with the lighting.

Bill and inconspicuous tuft also look good for Hairy.

However what got my attention was:

1 hour ago, akandula said:

and large “spur”

I have not heard this one before and sure enough Sibley does show a significantly larger spur, especially the female?, for the Hairy than the Downy.

However, in this image I am struggling to tell what is spur, claw or tree bark but I'm sure that now and again with a good view of the feet it is probably helpful.

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39 minutes ago, RobinHood said:

 I think I can only see the top of the tail (with some highlight spots) but not enough of the underside of the tail to see where the spotting would be, but tough to differentiate between tail and underside with the lighting.

Bill and inconspicuous tuft also look good for Hairy.

However what got my attention was:

I have not heard this one before and sure enough Sibley does show a significantly larger spur, especially the female?, for the Hairy than the Downy.

However, in this image I am struggling to tell what is spur, claw or tree bark but I'm sure that now and again with a good view of the feet it is probably helpful.

I may be learning something...I thought the "spur" was the wisp of dark feathers coming down the side of the chest from the shoulder. Sort of like wear suspenders would ride if a bird wore suspenders.

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34 minutes ago, HamRHead said:

I may be learning something...I thought the "spur" was the wisp of dark feathers coming down the side of the chest from the shoulder. Sort of like wear suspenders would ride if a bird wore suspenders.

Thanks, I was baffled.

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2 hours ago, HamRHead said:

I may be learning something...I thought the "spur" was the wisp of dark feathers coming down the side of the chest from the shoulder. Sort of like wear suspenders would ride if a bird wore suspenders.

Odd, I thought it was the exact opposite - the WHITE feathers coming from the chest up onto the shoulder.

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I suspect that "shoulder spur" as in Ring-necked Duck is a generic descriptive term whereas spur, as in defunct toe, is a body part (probably derived from knight in armour footwear). I think it was also used in cockfighting descriptions.

I could also be completely wrong but still a good tip for the Hairy.

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I've added a photo of each woodpecker for comparison.  I hope this helps with the  shoulder spur debate.

The ''black, comma shaped'' mark is the ''shoulder spur'' which is very visible on this Hairy Woodpecker. The Downy does not usually have this mark,  however occasionally one will have it but it will be very faint. 🙂

I would call the bird in the OP's post a Hairy. 🙂

 

P1042807...hairy woodpecker

 

P1083109...downy woodpecker

 

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