Very nice, Julie. The side-by-side pix really show off that
dramatic difference in proportion with the bill.
I've always taught beginners that if you're having trouble
figuring out whether you've got a Downy or a Hairy, it's a Downy.
If you're used to seeing Downys, as most of us are, a Hairy
looks like a tank.
Julie Waters wrote:
> One of the really easy mistakes for new birders to make is confusing
> Hairy and Downy woodpeckers; their markings are similar, but there are
> some very distinct differences. None of this is news to you guys, and
> this photo won't be anything new to anyone who's been birding for any
> amount of time, but I put this together for really new birders as one of
> the easy ways to resolve confusion between two easy to distinguish birds
> which look difficult to distinguish at first.
> So here's what happened-- by dumb luck, I got two photos in the same
> day: one of a downy and one of a hairy, in almost the exact same
> position on the exact same feeder. I then scaled them to a very similar
> size and stuck them next to one another using Photoshop for easy side by
> side view:
> Anyway, if you think anyone who's new to birding would find this
> helpful, feel free to pass it on. If you want to include the photo in
> your own blog and/or website, there's a "use" link on the page which
> will give you a text box with HTML code you can paste into a blog to add
> it to your own web-based pieces as well.