All years that i remember nesting in my yard
and not to far away in winter.
recognizable from the Downy Woodpecker, by it being larger ( 9 inches a bit larger then the always around Grey Jays)
The tail feathers on the side of the black ones are all white. ( the Downy's have black spots)
The red spot on Hairy's crown is divided by black. ( the Downy's is one red spot).
And Hairy's beak is longer.
This photo taken March 4 2017, it seems to be checking out a nesting site, I will note this date how it is related to the hatching of the young , which mostly happens here in June.