Hairy Woodpecker Male. Although much larger than the Downy Woodpecker, the easiest way to tell the two species apart is by looking at the head and bill. The Hairy has a round head with a heavy, strong-looking bill whereas the Downy's bill is small compared to the head. This bird was photographed in a dead tree outside my window.
Bernalillo County, Bosque Dell Acres, yard, NM
Equipment: Swarovski ATS 80D, 25-50x Eyepiece, UCA, balance rail and Nikon Coolpix P6000
Picidae Picoides - 2009-12-22 - EIDX: 180