Hark! The call-note of Picoides pubescens! (I promise that if you ever go birding with me, I will never say "Hark," and will not use Latin names, because I don't know many off-hand. I do know the name for Hoopoe, because who who has taken an ornithology course could ever forget Upupa epops? But they don't occur here, so not to worry.)
Except for perhaps the Northern Flicker, the Downy Woodpecker is the most commonly seen woodpecker in the Lower Mainland.
The Pacific race (one of at least four) differs from eastern birds in having relatively little white-spotting on the wings, and a somewhat grey-brown breast.
(I would like to see a Hoopoe though.)