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I have seem the pale yellow crown here, in Miltion, and just assumed it was an immature Hairy Woodpecker.  Never thought of counting toes.


On Jul 28, 2011, at 4:42 PM, Janet Watton wrote:

> Almost ready to chalk up a Lifer, examining at great length a bird at our kitchen feeder this morning.  Looks like a Hairy, acts like a Hairy, sounds like a Hairy....BUT has a definite big yellow crown patch.  Whaaat?  And I also thought I counted three toes.
> 
> Alas, I later found another toe, and a mother Hairy feeding this big squawky baby.
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> But do immatures display a yellow patch on the crown before it turns to black?  Never saw that before.
> Janet Watton
> Randolph Center