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Hairies vs. Downies Comparison

 
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Apr 04, 2015 12:10 |  #1

I've been working on this project for exactly a year. One year ago today I got close-up photos of all but the male downy woodpecker; today I finally got him. Sometimes I wonder how one can ever confuse hairy and downy woodpeckers; the downies are so much smaller. Other times, I'm still confused. So here they are, side-by-side. First the male downy and male hairy......


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Apr 04, 2015 12:10 |  #2

....and now the female downy and female hairy.


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Apr 04, 2015 13:28 |  #3

Great comparison shots, they will be a big help in sorting out the two species. And I know what you mean about sometimes it's easy and other times challenging to identify. I've long suspected there's a third, intermediate species in between, what I call a "Lesser Hairy Woodpecker".


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Apr 04, 2015 15:23 |  #4

Great comparisons Al. Agree with you.....or maybe there's also a Greater Downy? ;)


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Apr 04, 2015 15:51 |  #5

Great presentation and IQ Al


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Apr 04, 2015 17:07 |  #6

It is a popular point of confusion, This winter a took a side by side shoot with just this comparison in mind. Great stuff Al


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Apr 04, 2015 18:15 |  #7

Nice shots and great comparisons. I am missing the Hairy from my list. Every time I think I might of seen one, I end up convincing myself that it was a Downy.




  
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Apr 04, 2015 18:47 |  #8

Very well done.


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Apr 04, 2015 18:50 |  #9

Great captures Al. I agree with your statement. The first hairy I saw I knew it was not a downy. But now at times I can not tell the difference. Must be something with references or biorhythms?


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Apr 04, 2015 20:39 |  #10

Nice ones..... thanks for this !


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Apr 04, 2015 22:06 |  #11

Excellent shots making the comparison very easy but have to agree with others it can still be difficult in the field at times, even seen disagreements on the forums of which bird we were looking at.Maybe these shots can be our go to reference when in doubt.


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Apr 05, 2015 07:59 |  #12

coopert wrote in post #17504332 (external link)
Great comparison shots, they will be a big help in sorting out the two species. And I know what you mean about sometimes it's easy and other times challenging to identify. I've long suspected there's a third, intermediate species in between, what I call a "Lesser Hairy Woodpecker".


Wallace River wrote in post #17504426 (external link)
Great comparisons Al. Agree with you.....or maybe there's also a Greater Downy? ;)


TedEllis wrote in post #17504449 (external link)
Great presentation and IQ Al


Pondrader wrote in post #17504521 (external link)
It is a popular point of confusion, This winter a took a side by side shoot with just this comparison in mind. Great stuff Al


JJ3 wrote in post #17504564 (external link)
Nice shots and great comparisons. I am missing the Hairy from my list. Every time I think I might of seen one, I end up convincing myself that it was a Downy.


guntoter wrote in post #17504588 (external link)
Very well done.


2n10 wrote in post #17504593 (external link)
Great captures Al. I agree with your statement. The first hairy I saw I knew it was not a downy. But now at times I can not tell the difference. Must be something with references or biorhythms?


itw wrote in post #17504682 (external link)
Nice ones..... thanks for this !


Grizz1 wrote in post #17504751 (external link)
Excellent shots making the comparison very easy but have to agree with others it can still be difficult in the field at times, even seen disagreements on the forums of which bird we were looking at.Maybe these shots can be our go to reference when in doubt.

Thanks for your kind comments everyone. I think these two species are like ravens and crows. If one sees them together, the IDs are easy. But singly, the frame of reference quickly disappears.


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Apr 05, 2015 22:34 |  #13

Great comparison Al
We get a few Hairys here but never Downys.
So I don't have to confuse them. Lol
But up north I can see it being an issue.



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Apr 05, 2015 23:25 |  #14

Re-looking at these on my desktop they are even nicer than I had seen before. Excellent shots Mahn !


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Apr 06, 2015 13:57 |  #15

I remember your original comparison. Great shots Al. Now you have to do one comparing their tail feathers! Some people still can't tell the difference with the spots on the outer feathers...I can! (Usually!)


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