We observed a pair of black-backed woodpeckers at elevation roughly 6870 feet, just east of trail. I saw the pure black back, white throat, black wing and white barring of the secondaries, and white outer tail feathers clearly. I could not see a yellow crown but the birds were above me, and could be the one I had the best look at was female. Both birds had heads black with white stripe (so not Williamson’s, if one was female). My volunteer partner, though not an experienced birder, said the BBWO ‘chatter’ call on iBird that I later played back was what he had heard. There was no white wing patch and the rump was not white upon flight. Coordinates from handheld GPS.
Pik calls of a pair with drumming at 0:50 sec.
Hermit Thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and others in background.
Pair working trees burned summer 2015. 2-3 drumming series, otherwise foraging.
Black-backed Woodpecker male in Black Spruce-Tamarack bog along McDavitt Road in the Sax-Zim Bog (photo by Sparky Stensaas/www.thephotonaturalist.com)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus), female, FR 2S134, Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California - 16 March 2015.
The Black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) also known as the Arctic three-toed woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker (23 cm (9.1 in) long) inhabiting the forests of North America.