I am traveling through Turkey and today I saw two woodpeckers in a wooded, mountainous area in the northwestern part of the country.
The lower bird in the picture is definitely a female Syrian Woodpecker, which we were able to ID pretty readily. The bird with the red crown is the one that's stumping me. Is it a Juvenile Syrian or a Middle Spotted?
The bird in question appeared marginally smaller than the female Syrian, and, although it does not show in this photo, when I first observed it, the red crown was raised making the bird appear to have a fluffy crest. It did also have streaking on the lower belly. We weren't able to get a photograph which showed the beak, unfortunately and since I didn't know what field marks/characteristics to look for initially, I failed to note whether it had a moustache or the size of its beak.
Does anybody out there have any insight/opinions on this? Thanks!