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David Fix
48. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 03:32 pm

When leading trips with newer birders, I roll out this menomonic when called for: Hairy Woodpeckers PEEK around the sides of trees, and Downies PICK at small limbs. This is intended to suggest both the difference in their general habits and the different vowel sounds (long-E; short-I) of their respective calls. People like it.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

Julia Siporin
147. by Julia Siporin on June 04, 2013 at 01:08 pm

I'm not very familiar with Hairy Woodpeckers; I generally see Downies at my suet feeder, but I now think I have a family of Hairies as well. A female was feeding her young in a tree near our suet feeder. The Hairy, besides being a few inches larger, lacks the tufts at the upper base of their bill, and they also lack the black bands on the underside of their tail feathers - features which the Downies have. I don't know if that's consistent or reliable; its just what I've observed recently. I'm in Eugene, OR.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I recently observed this, confidence uncertain at this time.

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