As you can tell by the background in today’s feature photo, it’s been a crazy winter. With no snow in site and the green background colors, this could easily pass as a shot from any season of the year, but January? Unbelievable! One thing for certain, however, is that whatever the season, busy foragers like this Hairy Woodpecker guy are constantly on the move as they check out all the nooks and crannies for a delectable snack. While the Hairy’s are very similar and often confused with the Downy Woodpeckers, at 8-1/2 to 10 inches in length and 2.5 ounces these fellows and their mates are about twice the body length and 2-½ times the heft of the smaller Downy’s. Adding to the confusion is that there are 17 recognized sub-species of the Hairy. With either species though, that tan colored ‘stash makes for a sometimes humorous feature. One of the most interesting facts about the Hairy is that during the 11 to 15 day incubation period, the males nurture the 3 to 6 eggs during the night while the females stay at the nest to care for the eggs during the day. Don’t ask me what those gals are doing all night.
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