The December/January issue of Bird & Blooms had an article on identifying Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. The difference is primarily in their sizes with some subtle differences in plumage. And each has a unique call.
We got a chance atMuldoon to test our skill.
Ms. Hairy here was feasting away
When what to her wondering eyes should appear?
But Mr. Downy higher up in the tree.
Mr. Downy was polite and took his place in line
(note the difference in size)
Here he seems to be wondering just how long she is going to take.
Finally his turn arrives.
And he seems to be hoping she doesn't come back for dessert.
Later that day Mr. Hairy (larger of the two)
arrived for his afternoon feast.
Which went without incident.
Mr. and Ms. Hairy have longer stronger beaks
Mr. Downy's is stubby.
Mr. and Ms. Hairy are about nine inches from the tip of their bills to the tip of their tails.