Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hairy Woodpecker

Despite a cold biting wind, or perhaps because of it I had an unusually cooperative Hairy Woodpecker at close range this afternoon.

Not an uncommon bird by any means, but having one at eye level for an extended view was certainly a nice opportunity.

The bird was working hard, without much visible success, but at least it was on the sheltered side of the tree trunk.

The close range opportunity really gave me a chance to get good looks at the longer, thicker bill which distinguish this species from the smaller Downy Woodpecker.

Hopefully the wind is gentle wherever you may be, and that the birds are just as cooperative.


  1. Great shots of the Hairy.
    Happy Birding

  2. Beautiful photos. That bird looks like he's wearing a brand new set of feathers.

  3. You certainly made the most of that opportunity! Great photos! I see them a lot here but can never seem to get close enough for a good shot.