Hairy or downy? They look very much alike, so I had to investigate to find out the difference. This, I think, is a hairy woodpecker. He has a longer, heavier bill than the downy. That is the main identifying feature.
This fellow was picking at tree trunks and branches by the side of the bumpy dirt road to the lake where the Captain and I fished for trout a few days ago. With little traffic, the nearby woods are quiet, and a hairy woodpecker could forage for food relatively undisturbed.
He is known to check out holes made by sapsuckers and to drink the sap that has filled the tiny wells in those holes. Of course he does his own excavating to look for insects under the bark of trees. He also likes a change once in a while and will eat fruit, berries, and nuts.
I’d say he has a well-rounded diet.
Harry flits from tree to tree
Trying hard to hide from me.
Maybe he is camera shy,
Though I can’t imagine why.
Maybe he’s just playing games,
Teasing when I call him names.
I don’t think his name is Harry,
I want snaps but he won’t tarry.
O’er his shoulder, gives a call,
“Show is over, that is all.
If my name you can’t get right,
I will simply leave, take flight.”
And that is just what he did.