Hairy Woodpecker at Wilket Creek: Jan. 19, 2023

When I was first trying to learn bird identification, distinguishing Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers was a challenge. “Look for the unspotted white tail feathers in Hairy Woodpecker.” To this day, I am not sure about this detail but am of another, more useful one. Downies measure about 6 inches in length. Hairies about 9 inches.

We had a good look on a dark and rainy morning at a male Hairy by the car park feeders.

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

Other birds:

Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay

Park views:

Squirrel with some white tail feathers
Wilket Creek
East Don River
East Don River

Some botany:

Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
embracing Sugar Maples
Christmas Fern
Christmas Fern
Christmas Fern

Today’s group:


Hello Miles—we are visiting friends just north of Cobourg, near to St. Anne’s Spa.  They have a large number of bird feeders and one of the joys of a visit is watching the birds as they squabble over peanuts and feed.

This morning they had a large flock of Evening Grosbeaks visit, more females than males and I had a lovely time watching them.  Attached are a few sadly blurry photos.


Little January
Tapped at my door today.
And said, “Put on your winter wraps,
And come outdoors to play.”     – Winifred C. Marshall (1761–1839)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Hairy Woodpecker at Wilket Creek: Jan. 19, 2023

  1. barbara

    & beak length: the downy’s is dainty, the hairy’s approaching the width of its head – helps me when it’s hard to scale overall size, as in some of your always fabulous scaleless close-ups, which I always ID before scrolling to caption 😉

    Thanks for the daily delights.


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