Wednesday 6 May 2015

Downy Woodpecker

Found this male Downy Woodpecker making a commotion next to Long Pond this morning:

Lots of migrants pouring in here (finally) with White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Swamp Sparrows being reported from all over the island.

Compare the outer tails feathers of the Hairy (below) and Downy (above). The downy has dark bars on the white outer tail feathers - the Hairy doesn't have any. This can be a useful feature to identify them if you're having difficulty judging the size of the bird, or bill shape.