Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers: Jan 25, 2022

There is lots of new snow at Lambton Woods which led to a very snowy walk this morning.

Red Squirrel

We regularly find Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers on our walks with the occasional Red-bellied and infrequent Pileated.

This morning, we had all four.

Downy Woodpecker: 6.5 inches

Downy Woodpecker (female)

Hairy Woodpecker: 9.5 inches

Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)

Red-bellied Woodpecker: 9 – 10.5 inches

Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)

Pileated Woodpecker: 16 – 19.5 inches

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Other birds:

American Robin
American Robin with buckthorn berry
Mourning Dove
Mallard (male)
Canada Goose

Today’s group:

Some botany:

Miscanthus (Zebra Grass)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Linden (Tilia cordata)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Crown Galls on willow
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)


 Cat in a Canadian snowstorm! (Photo: Nathan Denette – Canadian Press)


Keep warm by inner fires, and rest in peace. 
Sleep on content, as sleeps the patient rose. 
Walk boldly on the white untrodden snows, 
The winter is the winter’s own release.           – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers: Jan 25, 2022

  1. Lisa Volkov

    And again– I’ll never forget the two coyotes we saw crossing the Humber River on ice on a winter walk here!
    As for the cat–that is how my dog looked, too, after a walk in the falling (and fallen) snow the other day!


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