For Christmas Eve, we’ll have a bird with a splash of Christmas color, the male Hairy Woodpecker.
Only the males have red on their heads; females are just black and white. The Hairy Woodpecker is Alaska’s largest woodpecker. They are sometimes difficult to find in the forest. Tracking them down by their drumming is the usual approach. But they are enthusiastic about suet feeders, especially in the interior.
Hairys dig nest cavities in trees. Looks for piles of wood chips around the base of a tree. Once the eggs hatch, the kids are noisy and the nest is pretty easy to find. Like many of Alaska’s woodpeckers, the Hairy is here year-round.
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