Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)
- HABITAT - Hairy Woodpeckers live in mature woodlands with medium to large trees. They also occur in woodlots, suburbs, parks, and cemeteries. You can find them equally commonly in coniferous forests, deciduous forests, or mixed forest.
- DIET - Insects are the main part of the Hairy Woodpeckers diet, particularly the larvae of wood-boring beetles and bark beetles, ants, and moth pupae in their cocoons. Their diet also consists of berries and nuts. Hairy Woodpeckers are common visitors at feedersas they do enjoy suet, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
- FACTS - Hairy Woodpeckers nest in cavities. They typically excavate their nests in the dead stub of a living tree, especially trees with heartrot, or in a dead tree. In the winter, they roost in cavities at night, but not the same cavities used for nesting.