Woodpeckers – together with this Northern Flicker – are grasp carpenters of the fowl world. They’re known as “keystone” species for his or her essential position in creating habitat suited to different woodland wildlife. Deserted woodpecker nest-holes grow to be nests or roosts for small owls, cavity-nesting geese, swifts, bluebirds, swallows, wrens, and different birds, in addition to many small mammals.
Woodpeckers as Keystone Species
Written by Bob Sundstrom
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[Sound of Pileated Woodpecker excavating nest-hole]
With regular, resounding whacks of its chisel-like invoice, a woodpecker excavates a nesting cavity in a tree. A pair of woodpeckers will use the outlet for one nesting season, carving out a brand new one the next spring. However not like most birds whose nests are good for only one season, the woodpecker’s cavity could have an extended and helpful profession.
Woodpeckers, grasp carpenters of the fowl world, are known as “keystone” species for his or her essential position in creating habitat suited to different woodland wildlife. Deserted woodpecker nest-holes grow to be nests or roosts for small owls, like this Northern Noticed-Whet Owl [Northern Saw-whet Owl hoots] or cavity-nesting Wooden Geese.
[Wood Duck squeals].
Swifts, bluebirds, swallows, wrens, and different birds, in addition to many mammals, make use of those holes. The snags can grow to be multi-level condominiums for an entire host of wildlife. A venerable, lifeless tree, damaged off on the high and perforated with a number of cavities, may very well be some of the helpful timber within the forest.
[Call of Northern Flicker]
It’s satisfying to know that some easy selections can enhance habitat for birds. For instance, if you must lower down a tree, think about leaving a part of it as a snag. You’ll be serving to the woodpeckers, and all of the species that rely on them for houses. [Sound of woodpecker excavating nest hole]
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.
Bird audio supplied by The Macaulay Library on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Pileated Woodpecker excavating and name of Northern Noticed-whet Owl recorded by G.A. Keller. Male Wooden Duck name recorded by G.B. Reynard. Territorial name of Northern Flicker recorded by W.V. Ward.
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