Saving Snags for Purple-headed Woodpeckers

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Purple-headed Woodpeckers excavate cavities in giant, lifeless bushes known as snags. But, over a lot of the Purple-head’s vary, snags are often reduce down as unpleasant, or as a result of they make good firewood. There are methods we may also help the Purple-headed Woodpecker — and lots of different woodpeckers, too. The bottom line is to go away snags intact. In the event you should reduce down a tree in your property, contemplate leaving the decrease trunk as a snag – a veritable condominium for wildlife!
Within the meantime, contemplate making a nestbox for a woodpecker. (Directions under)

BirdNote® 

Purple-headed Woodpecker – Save the Snags

Written by Bob Sundstrom

That is BirdNote!
 [Sound of hammering a nail into wood, hand saw in the background]
When are the sounds of development additionally the sounds of conservation? One instance is once they come from the constructing of nestboxes for birds such because the Purple-headed Woodpecker.
[Drilling and calls of a Red-headed Woodpecker]
However why construct a nest field for woodpeckers? Don’t they carve out their very own houses?
[Repeat drilling]
They do. Purple-headed Woodpeckers excavate cavities in giant, lifeless bushes – known as snags. [Red-headed Woodpecker calls] But, over a lot of the chook’s vary, snags are often reduce down as unpleasant, or as a result of they make good firewood.
[Red-headed Woodpecker calls]
The Purple-headed Woodpecker is a hanging chook. Its scarlet head glows in sharp distinction with its flashy black-and-white wings. It’s a head-turner, even for many who not often discover birds. Native to the East and Midwest, its numbers have dropped by greater than half for the reason that Nineteen Sixties, largely via lack of appropriate nesting habitat.
[Red-headed Woodpecker drumming and calls]
There are methods we may also help the Purple-headed Woodpecker. The bottom line is to go away snags intact. The woodpeckers will prosper even in metropolis parks and on golf programs – so long as managers defend snags.
In the meantime let’s hold constructing these nestboxes. You’ll find plans on our web site, birdnote.org.
[Sound of hammering]
Yow! My thumb!
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Sounds of the Purple-headed Woodpecker offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.  Drilling 105281 and call105460 recorded by G.A. Keller. 
Producer: John Kessler
Government Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org     June 2018/2022   Narrator: Michael Stein

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