Woodpecker Wednesday


My surrounding habitat of woods and marsh contain lots of dead snags that treat me to a lot of woodpeckers. Maryland has seven species of woodpeckers, and I have them all!

Here’s a photo of each one, starting with the largest and going down in their size to the smallest.


#1 – Pileated Woodpecker (female)
Length: 15.8-19.3 in
Weight: 8.8-12.3 oz
Wingspan: 26.0-29.5 in


#2 – Northern Flicker (female yellow-shafted)
Length: 11.0-12.2 in
Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz
Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in


#3 – Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Length: 9.4 in
Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz
Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in


#4 – Red-headed Woodpecker
(the only one of the seven where the male and female look identical)
Length: 7.5-9.1 in
Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz
Wingspan: 16.5 in


#5 – Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Length: 7.1-10.2 in
Weight: 1.4-3.4 oz
Wingspan: 13.0-16.1 in


#6 – Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male)
Length: 7.1-8.7 in
Weight: 1.5-1.9 oz
Wingspan: 13.4-15.8 in


#7 – Downy Woodpecker (male)
Length: 5.5-6.7 in
Weight: 0.7-1.0 oz
Wingspan: 9.8-11.8 in


As of this past week, I am still seeing all of them except the Red-headed and Hairy Woodpeckers, so there’s a good chance of more Wednesday Woodpecker posts.  🙂




47 thoughts on “Woodpecker Wednesday

  1. Until now I didn’t manage to make good pictures of woodpeckers, but I’m still trying 🙂
    Your pictures are wonderfull as always Donna.

    • Thank you, Ted, I am pretty happy having all seven species out the back door. We do not get the Red Cockade Woodpecker, Virginia is its most northern range for the east coast. However, a sighting of two was recorded in Maryland on ebird back in 1984. None since! I did several excursions while in Florida past recent winters searching for it, but didn’t luck out. Good luck, I hope you find one!!

    • Happy to share them with you, Hien!
      P.S. Hien, I keep trying to leave comments on your posts. They submit but don’t show ever up. If I try again, it says I’m duplicating a comment. Am I in your comments spam folder?

    • It’s been exciting to know I have all seven species out my back door, how crazy is that?!! Out of all these seven, it’s the sapsucker that is the quietest, I have never heard one call. But sure have the others! 😉

  2. Excellent series of these favorite birds. It’s such a thrill when I have a rare sighting of a Pileated – great shot. Your Northern Flicker is so crisp and the Downy is such a beauty. Enjoyed this set. 🙂

    • Thank you, Ashley! How interesting that you don’t have WPs. At least you don’t have to worry about them drilling on your home! lol So far, I haven’t heard one on mine. 🙂

  3. Love that image of the little Downy you captured with the seeds. Of course, I do like them all, each entertaining in their own way. And what a great set of trees you can observe them in.

  4. Nice collection. You have the same allotment of WPs as we have here in the midwest. That Pileated specimen looks like she is having a bad hair day ha.

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