The Feather Files
Name: Dryobates villosus
Alias: Hairy Woodpecker
Migration: Hairy Woodpeckers are mostly year round residents throughout their range from Alaska to Mexico. Birds in higher elevations might move to a lower elevation for the winter.
Date Seen: October 2014; September 2016
Location: Blairmore Alberta, Airdrie Alberta
Hairy Woodpeckers chisel away at tree trunks to get at insects and to create a cavity for a nest. It is estimated that the breeding population is about 9 million birds with 44% living in the U.S., 52% in Canada, and 4% in Mexico.