American Three-toed Woodpeckers breed in the boreal forests of northern Saskatchewan — and also in the Rocky Mountains, where I saw one near Banff this spring. We were walking through trees when I heard that characteristic tapping sound, and stopped, expecting to see a more common bird.
|Close-up, American Three-toed Woodpecker. © SB|
|Full body through the trees, American Three-toed Woodpecker. © SB|
When I realized this woodpecker had a bright yellow head, I looked closer, hoping for a better shot. But what's above is the best that was meant to be with this very wary American Three-toed Woodpecker.
What is this? American Three-toed Woodpecker — Pic à dos rayé
Location: Cave and Basin, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Photo dates: April 13, 2016.