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I often see Downy woodpeckers at my suet feeders, so I have a pretty good handle of what they look like. I have only seen what I think is their larger cousin the Hairy woodpecker on two occasions, at Silver Creek Metro Park in Ohio. However, I am not 100% sure these were in fact hairy. Thoughts? (Pictures posted from two dates both around a year ago).

 

11-22-18, Female Hairy?

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12-30-18, Male Hairy?

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12-30-18, Female Hairy?

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45 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I like Hairy for all three, although I'm not as certain about the first one as I am of the last two.

Agreed.

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Clean white on the outer tail feathers visible on the latter two birds is a definitive mark for Hairy. Size and proportions are a bit easier to judge in real life than in pictures, but these are all Hairy.

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Thanks! I felt the same, the first one was the one I was least certain about, but I usually find that the downies I see at my suet feeders stay pretty true to the 1:2 ratio of beak length to head length, but as these are the first pictures I have taken of what I presumed to be hairies I was basing that on the theory that they are more often closer to 1:1 on the beak-to-head ratio. The white on the tail feathers is something I am aware of but have always had trouble understanding exactly what to look for.

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7 hours ago, pcon2009 said:

The white on the tail feathers is something I am aware of but have always had trouble understanding exactly what to look for.

Downy Woodpeckers tend to have a couple small black spots on the white outer tail feathers:

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While Hairies do not, as seen in your pictures:

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