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Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) in ...

Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) in Valdez, Alaska

The Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) is one of the more prolific species of woodpeckers and has a strong presence in the boreal forests of Alaska. They are often attracted to backyard suet feeders. These woodpeckers are considered permanent residents and do not move great distances. More information on Alaskan woodpeckers can be found in the […]

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta Canadensis) - Photo by Alan Sorum

A frequent visitor to northern birdfeeders, the Red-breasted Nuthatch is an extremely active resident of Alaska’s boreal forests. They often are seen climbing up and down tree trunks, hanging upside down from branches and flying amongst red polls, chickadees and woodpeckers. They are known for lining the entrances of their nests with tree resin. These […]

Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) in Va...

Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) - Photo by Alan Sorum

The common redpoll (Carduelis flammea) is a finch found n Alaska’s boreal forests and arctic tundra. These small, colorful birds that wear a red cap or poll, are true cold weather survivors. They can fluff up their contour feathers to improve insulation, burrow into the snow to preserve heat and store seeds they have gathered […]