Woodpecker


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The relentless hammering sound heard in the woods (and suburban areas as well) is the sound of a woodpecker searching for food. Once it has detected the sounds of insects gnawing or moving within the bark or wood, it begins to hammer persistently in pursuit of its prey. Trees are not injured by these birds; the disfigured bark soon heals. In fact woodpeckers save many trees from injury by insects.

These birds are built for powerful hammering. Their strong claws grip the tree trunk firmly. The tail feathers are stiff and pointed to prop against the tree and brace the bird as it leans backward. The bill is thick and is driven by the powerful neck muscles. Indeed, nature's most perfect jackhammer.

Woodpeckers build their nests (drill holes) in dead trees, dead branches, and utility poles (in fact, it's amazing how much damage woodpeckers cause utilities every year). Woodpeckers compete intensely and are fiercely protective of their territory.

Please note: The red-cockaded woodpecker is on the Threatened and Endangered list (50 CFR 17.11) and protected by state and federal law. This protection extends to the environment required by the bird to survive.

Utilities with chronic woodpecker problems have come up with some ingenious solutions...

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