Hi All -
I found a female Black-backed Woodpecker (BBWO) this past Sunday (4/13) along the Potlatch Canyon Trail above the Potlatch R. This is a fairly tough species to find in Latah Co., only my third in the county (but also not a species I spend much time looking for!)
The area is a ~5 mile loop trail along the Potlatch R. southeast of the hamlet of Helmer (~40 minute drive east of Moscow). The trailhead is ~3 miles southeast of Helmer off Park Rd. (NF 1963) just on the north side of the Potlatch R. bridge. The specific location I found the BBWO was within a mile of the trailhead. Starting along a paved trail follow the loop trail (counter-clockwise) where it heads up within several hundred yards, pass through the fence/gate, and a bit farther beyond a small clearing to a stand of Lodgepole Pines. The female BBWO was just off the trail in this stand of Lodgepole. They tend to be fairly quiet foragers so you always need a bit of luck to find them. The coordinates were 46.7762, -116.4558 from my Birdlog app.
The whole loop trail is well worth hiking for a variety of typical conifer forest species. In addition to the BBWO I had Pileated, Hairy, Red-naped Sapsuckers, and flickers so it's a good area for woodpeckers. Within a month most of typical forest nesting vireos, warblers, flycatchers, etc. will also be in this area. The trail is non-motorized although nearby target shooting can sometimes be a bit annoying (but easy to get away from).