Rare southern bird on verge of making a comeback
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Scientists studying the red-cockaded woodpecker in Georgia forests say the rare bird is making a comeback.
The bird was likely common long ago, but has been...
Tiny woodpeckers causing big stir in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration, which has pushed to roll back an array of environmental laws, is moving to reduce endangered species protection for a tiny bird that...
Woodpecker damage? Try scare tactics, redirection
Woodpeckers, flickers and sapsuckers may be fun for birders to watch but they can be troublesome — pecking holes in dwellings, shredding feeders, enlarging cavities in trees, and driving you to distraction by drumming on wooden or metal surfaces.
Endangered woodpecker has mediocre breeding season
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers had a so-so breeding year in Virginia.
The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary that the state's population fledged 22 woodpeckers. The center said the reproductive rate was lower than the past three years.
Red-cockaded woodpeckers have made a recent comeback in Virginia, recording their highest population numbers last year since the early 1980s.
Woodpecker population growing in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers are making a comeback in Virginia.
The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary said surveys last year found 96 individual birds. That's the highest level since the early 1980s.
Red-cockaded woodpeckers require old growth pine savannas maintained by fire and their population levels have declined because of a loss of habitat. The bird was listed as endangered in 1970.
As birds and bats flit and fly in the forest preserves of Will County this year, some of them will be scrutinized by researchers looking into the general health and well-being of the creatures.
The research is made possible by the Forest Preserve District’s policy to open up its preserves to select researchers and scientists who need outdoor laboratories for their nature studies.
Patrick Durkin: Woodpeckers might be own worst enemies
Being somewhat observant creatures, humans sense that we’d break our beaks and suffer killer headaches if we foraged for food by pecking trees like giant woodpeckers.
Likewise, we’ve long assumed nature’s evolutionary powers equipped woodpeckers to pound all day without care or concussion, even though their chisel-tipped beaks pierce wood with about 1,300 times the force of gravity. That’s no small feat. Air Force tests in the 1950s estimated that humans die at g-forces exceeding 46.
Normally quiet pileated woodpecker changes tune in nesting season
Our states largest woodpecker, the crow-sized pileated woodpecker, has been heard of late. Listen for drumming on hollow branches and trunks of trees. The bird is announcing its territory.
The birds also have started calling. Their call sounds like a cackle. It resembles a flickers call, but is louder and richer. The woodpecker is a relatively silent bird for much of the year, but that changes when nesting season arrives.
Naturalist gets this question a lot: Where do birds spend their nights?
Where do birds spend their nights? Its a big subject, and here is what Ive learned about a few local winter birds that I have studied in the field.
Red-naped sapsuckers on the move
This striking, 8½-inch long bird from the woodpecker family has a sweet beak. The red-naped sapsucker drills holes in trees, particularly aspen, cottonwood and willow, in search of the sugary syrup found within.
Sapsuckers don’t actually suck sap, as their name implies, but rather lap it up with their specially designed tongues, which are shorter than those of other woodpeckers, and have small hair-like projections that help hold the sap.
Huckleberries: Rural life is fine until Woody Woodpecker comes knocking
Lee Sorenson of Post Falls enjoys reading Ammi Midstokke’s adventures in the S-R Outdoors pages.
It reminds him of “the years of commutes, winters, and Mother Nature’s jokes” in the Spirit Lake and Blanchard Valley areas. Lee emails: “I feel her reality.” Lee is reminded in particular of a woodpecker that loved the corner of his then 15-year-old son’s room.
Patrick Durkin: Hanging suet upside down is for the birds
A fellow bird-feeding geek sent a tip last week for discouraging grackles, starlings, bluejays, redwing blackbirds and other gluttonous birds from devouring suet cakes as fast as you can buy them.
GUEST COLUMN: Sometimes bird labels are just winging it
Brace yourself. Get ready for a stiff shot of truth. I’m going to give it to you straight, no chaser.
The name of a bird will not tell you what it looks like.
“But wait,” you say, “Isn’t a red-winged blackbird a black bird with red wings? Doesn’t a red-headed woodpecker have a red head?”
Burlington man resurrects extinct bird species in wood
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — When the last of its kind died in captivity in 1914, the passenger pigeon passed into extinction. The once-plentiful bird was hunted into oblivion in the 19th century.
The Carolina parakeet, the only native North American species of parrot, became extinct in 1918, the victim of hunting and habitat loss.
Greenspace: Help fight the spread of the emerald ash borer
RED WING — As the weather warms up — these last few days are offering a bit of hope — you might find yourself outdoors trekking through the woods. That's when the Minnesota Department of Agriculture could use a little help looking for emerald ash borer beetles, especially in Goodhue County, where the most recent outbreak has been spotted.
"This is a great chance to spot the trees," said Mark Abrahamson, an entomologist with the MDA. "Right now, with no leaves on the trees, is a good time."
Audubon program explores rare woodpeckers of Central Washington
The Kittitas Audubon Society will explore the solitary lives of a woodpeckers that are rarely seen. The March program starts at 7 p.m. March 16 at Hal Holmes Center and is free and open to the public.
Seeing one of Central Washington’s rare woodpeckers — like white-headed, black-backed, or the American three-toed — on a birding trip is the highlight of any day in ponderosa pine forests. The Audubon program will look at what scientists really know about the creatures.
Ash quarantine in Goodhue County after EAB found
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Goodhue County under an emergency quarantine after emerald ash borer was found in the city of Red Wing.
During a hike over the weekend at Barn Bluff, an MDA employee noticed an ash tree with significant woodpecker damage, a tell-tale sign of possible emerald ash borer infestation. She took photos of the tree and noted the location. After further investigation, the MDA found EAB larvae in the tree.
HAPPY HANDYMAN: Protect your house from pesky woodpeckers
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STAMFORD — Stamford police rescued what turned out to be a northern flicker woodpecker last week after a Unity Road resident reported hearing noises in their basement. The medium-size bird, native to most of North America, was captured and released by officers Chris Brown (pictured) and Bob Somody.
Robert Miller: Surprise Christmas guests at the bird feeders
Four years ago, I woke up on Christmas Day, looked out my kitchen window and found a flock of common redpolls — small, sparrow-like birds with streaked bodies and crimson caps on their heads — at one of my bird feeders.
Because it’s a bird I never count on seeing, this was one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received. It was a bit like hitting the lottery — not that I’ve ever done better than hit a $2 winner on a $1 scratch card.
Endangered woodpeckers return to Hitchcock Woods
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — As the sun rose above Hitchcock Woods early Thursday morning, Anne Kiser tugged on a cord, pulling a wire mesh screen off a hole about 20 feet above the ground in the trunk of a longleaf pine.
Nothing happened at first, but then a female red-cockaded woodpecker suddenly appeared, and she immediately flew away.
"Yes!" shouted Kiser as she watched the bird soaring into the clear blue sky.