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Old 02-07-2014, 11:02 PM   #21
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Ooooh, dishuan! Northern hawk owl would be a lifer for me, too. Love the photo!!!

Re: your woodpecker, check this link out:
A new clue for identifying Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Sibley Guides
Great link KCHD! I'm revising my previous statement. I'm now leaning toward Hairy!
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:24 AM   #22
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Great photos, everyone!

Dap, I am particularly taken with the dusting of snow on the cardinal.These last few years I've also been noticing the color variation on the females more.(Maybe being part of Wildlife Gardeners is causing me to pay more attention?)
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:00 AM   #23
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I'd go with Hairy. Disuhan's original comment about the size is one of the ways I identify Hairy vs Downy. Plus the head markings make me say Hairy.
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Great link KCHD! I'm revising my previous statement. I'm now leaning toward Hairy!
Myself as well, as the black cheek feathering doesn't sweep DOWN like the downy feathering difference shows.
I was judging it by it's beak length alone as it is hard to judge it's size in a photo.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:50 AM   #25
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Myself as well, as the black cheek feathering doesn't sweep DOWN like the downy feathering difference shows.
I was judging it by it's beak length alone as it is hard to judge it's size in a photo.
Hava, when I looked at beak length, I thought 'Downy,' too. But, I have a harder time using the beak length clue than other characteristics.
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Incredible owl photo disuhan! Congrats on your life bird!
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Thanks everyone!
Kchd, very helpful link! I now feel much better about my original assessment as a hairy. I used to go by beak length too, but my first thought when seeing this bird was "wow, that's big, it must be a hairy." I'll be using size and those cheek patterns as a better guide going forward.
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Yes, thank you for the link. I never felt too confident with IDing the two...but no I feel a go bit better at it--as long as I have that link for reference.
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I love the sled pics. ...and it is interesting how your mind works.
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