I always get a little kick out of bird names that bring up odd imagery. I wonder what a non-birder expects to see when you offer them a view of a Hairy Woodpecker? I wonder if the real thing disappoints.
Hairy Woodpeckers aren't quite as confiding as Downy Woodpeckers, and (at least in our urban yard) not as common.
They make a fair bit more noise than the Downies however. This male was drumming on this piece of equipment (not sure what it is, part of our power/phone lines). Photographed November of 2006.
Another male, this one at our suet feeder, April of 2007.
Seems funny that my better pictures of Hairies are male, and my better pictures of Downies are female!