|Pilated Woodpecker Male
|Pilated Woodpecker in Flight
|Northern Flicker Female
|Male Northern Flicker
|Male Hairy Woodpecker
|Female Hairy Woodpecker.
I've done the best I can with the quality of the Pileated Woodpecker photos who is the rarest of them all. He is probably the largest woodpecker of NA running to 47-49cm. and weighing 250-350 grams. When he hammers a tree you can hear him for quite a distance. Wikipedia reports that the Imperial and the Ivory-billed are as big but are likely extinct now. He overwinters with us although he is hard to find.
The Northern Flicker is a ground woodpecker that feeds on ants even using the formic acid to groom his feathers. The Male and female are identical except the male has a moustache which is obvious in the photos.The Flicker migrates with the advent of winter.
The male and female Hairy are identical except for the patch at the back of the males' head. They are bigger than the downy, but similar in appearance. I tell the difference by the size of the beak, not by the tail feathers or the size. The Downys are here but I have no photos of them. The hairy is more common in our forest of because, I think, this forest with its heavy stands of birch and aspen is suited to them. Both the downy and hairy overwinter.
The Red-bellied woodpecker has been seen south and north of us, and I'm hoping to see him next year.
A Post to World Bird Wednesday at http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/