When asked why he moved from Alaska to Idaho, one of WC’s semi-facetious responses was that there was more light for photography and more birds to photograph. Here’s proof.
True, this species is reported in Alaska from time to time, but it is pretty uncommon. This photo was taken in the driveway of Mrs. WC’s family cabin.
Another species seen only casually in Alaska, but pretty common in Idaho. Even more hyperactive than its Black-headed cousin, by the way.
This is North America’s largest remaining woodpecker. There are no confirmed reports of this species being found in Alaska; while fly fishing for steelhead trout on the Situk River, near Yakutat, Alaska, WC heard what might very well have been a Pileated Woodpecker. Their call and their drumming are both very distinctive. But WC, foolishly perhaps, focused on the fish and not the bird. The area around McCall is well-known for its Pileated Woodpecker population.
So there’s three easy reasons for WC to have moved. There will be more.