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Micah Grove

Spokane Valley, WA, USA

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Do you know if this is a harry wood pecker or a downy wood pecker

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Is This A Harry Or Downy Wood Pecker?

Recent Comments (2)

  • Mary Spradling says:

    The best way to tell them apart is by their bill. If the bill is longer than the diameter of the birds head it is likely to be a hairy. A smaller bill is more likely to be a downy. The heavy bill of the hairy is more diagnostic than the size of the bird, although hairies tend to be larger. When you only see them one at a time, then larger bird, or smaller mean lacks meaning.

  • Micah says:

    Ok thank you I looked it up and that was the first thing I read.

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