It’s not everyday that you get to see a three-toed woodpecker in the wild; it’s even more uncommon to be able to observe a family. This summer, we were fortunate to spend time watching the two parent woodpeckers alternate feeding their young with one of their favourite delicacies, bark beetles.
Three-toed woodpeckers usually have between three and seven young and we believe the nest we observed in the hollow of a dead tree in the Canadian Rockies had three young – one female and two males (the males have a yellow ‘crown’ marking on their head). The parents were endlessly serving their young, who whined incessantly for more food. We’re sure some human parents can relate.
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