Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arctus)

This male black-backed woodpecker is a rare find! Note the yellow cap - a characteristic of only the male. These birds are uncommon even in their preferred habitat and we were fortunate to not only see him, but to get a dozen photos of him! There are only three species of woodpeckers in Western Canada that display a black back. Other woodpeckers at the campground, include the Hairy, Downy, Three-toed, Pileated, Flicker, and Yellow-bellied sapsucker!

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