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I live in northern New Hampshire and have quite a large and varied woodpecker population in my wooded backyard. Recently, I spotted what I thought was a hairy woodpecker at my bird block. However, instead of just a small red patch at the nape of the neck, this bird has an entire red cap. Otherwise, it looks like a hairy woodpecker. It was about 10-11 inches long, white back, white outer tail feathers, black wings with spots/strips on wings-- not a ladder back design. Had a sharp, loud pip-pip squawk. Who is this guy?? He is not shy!!

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

Juvenile (fledgling) hairy and downy woodpeckers have a red cap. When they get their adult plumage in late summer, the males will get the red spot and the females will have no red.

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