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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 400

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, March 6, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 400mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f6.0
    ISO 250