The Hairy Woodpecker is another resident of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, and one worth adding to your list of birds. This species of woodpecker will challenge even the best and most experienced birdwatchers, since there are over 17 subspecies identified so far.
This is a small woodpecker of the species, with black and white speckles over the top of the body and white underneath. The head has a red patch on the back. The white face has black stripes. The black tail has white on the outer tail feathers. In the northwest, the species has a gray to brown breast and stomach. Their long beak is black, as is their legs and feet.
There are plenty of this species around, as they are the most prolific of all woodpeckers. Males take over the egg sitting at night while the females have day duty.
If you happened upon of group of woodpeckers, the correct nouns to describe include a “drumming”, “descent” and at “gatling” of them.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com