Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
A mid-sized woodpecker commonly seen in the forests around Montreal. Males have a small red patch on the back of the head.
How to Identify
There is one species which is very similar to the Hairy Woodpecker and covering the same areas displaying same behavior. To identify this species, I look at the length of the beak which exceeds significantly one third of the width of the head when being seen from the side.
Where and When to Spot
All year long in the forests around Montreal. Best season is winter as due to lack of foliage the bird can be spotted more easily. Just sit down and watch. After some time a Hairy Woodpecker will pass by walking up the tree trunks searching for insects.