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    American Three-toed Woodpecker / Picoides dorsalis

    : . No certain records since the early 1980s.

    Miscellany: American Three-toeds are low density inhabitants of far northern spruce forests with scattered pairs breeding in northern Maine. Most winter within or near their breeding range but on occasion the species ‘irrupts' and larger than normal numbers move south. The largest of those was in 1974/75 when four, about half of our records, occurred. Note that Black-backed Woodpecker, the more regular of the two ‘three-toed woodpeckers,' also ‘irrupts' but not necessarily at the same time as American Three-toed.

    Last Updated: April 17th, 2022