Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Breeding Range. (Fig. 97). On May 15, 1973, Paul Lago observed an adult male and female exchanging positions at an active nest along the Red River in Fargo. This species undoubtedly breeds also in the rich, wooded bottomlands along the Sheyenne River in northwestern Richland County and northeastern Ransom County. Adults have been repeatedly observed in this area during the breeding season, and hole excavations in large trees that appear to be old nests have been sighted. Other records of adults that indicate possible breeding have been reported during the nesting season along the Red River in Richland, Cass, Grand Forks, and Walsh Counties, along the Sheyenne River in northwestern Ransom County, along the Park River in Walsh County, along the Tongue River in Pembina County, and along the Pembina River in Cavalier County.
Breeding Habitat. Nearly all sightings of this species during the breeding season have been recorded in extensive, mature stands of bottomland timber. The dominant tree species in these stands include American elm, green ash, basswood, and hackberry.
Nesting. Probable breeding season: Early May to mid-July.
|Figure 97. Breeding Range of Pileated Woodpecker.|