Hairy woodpecker

We heard some concerted tapping on a tree was we walked by the other day. This little critter was up there, pecking around for some lunch.

This is a male hairy woodpecker. His long, pointed beak distinguishes him from a downy woodpecker, which is smaller and has a shorter beak.

He pecked for insects almost continually as I watched. His head was in almost constant motion. Can you imagine getting your meals like this? My head hurts just thinking of it.

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