From the Simmons Building, I walked halfway across the pedestrian bridge, then headed down the ramp to St. Patrick’s Island. Some bird commotion was coming from a nearby tree. A little above eye level and less than a metre from the ramp, a little hairy woodpecker poked its head out of a hole in a balsam poplar tree. I quickly slid my camera out of my backpack and, a second after my camera was snap-ready, Mr. Hairy arrived with some tasty eats! He made a speedy food delivery to his Little Miss Hairy, I took one photo and poof, he was gone.
After wandering around St. Patrick’s Island, I returned to the woodpecker hole in the hopes of observing more exciting woodpecker action. I took a few photos of a head peering out and that was that.
When I got home and looked at my photos on my large monitor, I noticed that Little Hairy One and Little Hairy Two had different plumages. Juvenile male hairy woodpeckers have a red patch of feathers on top of their heads, unlike their dads who have red patches on the back of their heads. Juvenile females sometimes have a few red feathers on top of their heads, but not an extensive patch (Sibley).