Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Three-toed Woodpeckers

Subject: Algonquin Park: American Three-toed Woodpeckers
From: Ron Tozer
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:46:02 -0400

It appears that a late winter irruption of American
Three-toed Woodpeckers, of yet to be determined
magnitude, is occurring in Algonquin Park.

A female was observed near the top end of the
straight stretch of Opeongo Road, in the black
spruce-dominated section, on March 14.

Now, I have received photos of a male American
Three-toed Woodpecker taken on Spruce Bog
Boardwalk trail on March 15.

During some previous southward irruptions by this
boreal woodpecker, birds were present in Algonquin
until mid-May.

Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)

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