Saturday, February 03, 2007

Woodpecker Excavation

Various woodpeckers, such as the Downy and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers in the first photo, love to visit the Colvin Run Habitat feeders. While they spend most of their time at the suet feeders, they also eat sunflower seeds, but really have taken to the suet-covered peanuts – like the Red-Bellied Woodpecker in the second photo.
Of course, the woodpeckers also feed a variety of insects typically found below the bark of trees. Once the woodpeckers find such insects they will come back again, eventually creating a hole in the tree.
A tree on the side of the house has a large section that is dead. I let the dead section alone since the woodpeckers enjoy drilling in it. As you can see, the holes get large enough that the woodpeckers will actually nest in the holes. The holes in these photos are not large enough for any of the Habitat woodpeckers to nest in, but I am hoping that they continue their woodpecker excavation.

You can find previous woodpecker posts at:
>Downy woodpecker
>Hairy woodpecker
>Pileated woodpecker
>Northern Flicker woodpecker
>Red-bellied woodpecker

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