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Immature Hairy?
Posted By: Nick1946, 01-12-2008, 11:58 AM

JCSullivan? Or anyone? I have looked through my bird book and can only guess that maybe this is an immature Hairy Woodpecker-it is larger than a Downy. Any help appreciated.

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01-12-2008, 12:37 PM   #2
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Nice shootin' Nick. I don't think I've seen one quite like that either. I'm also curious what the bird experts have to say.
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it looks to me to be a northern three-toed woodpecker, probably a female.

Good capture!
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I'm looking at the first pic - then the second - "it looks like a Northern Three-Toed" I muttered to myself. Yep - gotta be!

The side hatching plus the 'ladder' on the back say it is a female Northern Three-Toed.
Then I see Tom's post........ beat me again!

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Thanks Scott, Tom and J Scott. My bird book does not show the 3 toed anywhere as far south as Arkansas. This thing let me walk up to within 10' or so to it. Strange...
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It is definately the female - the male has yellow on the forehead. As it does not have a solid black back it must be as above, the Northern.

It sounds like this little fellow might be lost!!! According to Audubon the range is extreme northern states and west to Arizona and New Mexico.

Hope this helps

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