Monday, May 27, 2019

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) - 30Apr2017

Per the Cornell website: "Red-headed Woodpeckers breed in deciduous woodlands with oak or beech, groves of dead or dying trees, river bottoms, burned areas, recent clearings, beaver swamps, orchards, parks, farmland, grasslands with scattered trees, forest edges, and roadsides. During the start of the breeding season they move from forest interiors to forest edges or disturbed areas. Wherever they breed, dead (or partially dead) trees for nest cavities are an important part of their habitat. In the northern part of their winter range, they live in mature stands of forest, especially oak, oak-hickory, maple, ash, and beech. In the southern part, they live in pine and pine-oak. They are somewhat nomadic; in a given location they can be common one year and absent the next."

This is the travesty of the tendency for humans to remove dead trees. Keep the trees where they are please!

Here is one from Wilmington on the Cross City Trail.

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