Downy Woodpecker x Hairy Woodpecker hybrid,
Downy Woodpecker x Hairy Woodpecker hybrid (same bird as in photo ID 1582 above),
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
"We first noticed this bird because it flew towards us giving a rattle call that sounded much like that of a Hairy Woodpecker. We then saw the dark wings and became excited about the bird being a Rocky Mountain Hairy. It was only later that we realized the thing had a barred undertail. Then we looked at the beak, and well, it was in between that of Downy and Hairy (probably more like Downy). The head shape was usually flattish, more like that of a Hairy. The supercilium and white stripe below the auriculars are both on the narrow side, more like a montane Hairy than either Rocky Mountain or Eastern Downy. Perhaps a Rocky Mountain Hairy wandered down to the lowlands and bred with an eastern Downy (there was a montane Hairy at Van's Grove, Bent County, well into May last year - and again this year). The bird was recorded (by Nick) giving a Hairy-like "PEEK" call. Given the Hairy Woodpecker like calls, the barred undertail, the intermediate size (as judged by us in field, more like Hairy Woodpecker) and bill, and the Rocky Mountain Hairy Woodpecker like head pattern... it seems that Hairy Woodpecker x Downy Woodpecker seems the correct diagnosis."