This week the breeding activity has continued to pick up. Yesterday, I watched an American crow climbing around in a maple pulling on twigs, trying to break one off, presumably for use as nest material. At one point a female flew in and inspected the hole, which the male disappeared inside, before the female flew off a few minutes later. Curious as to whether I should consider this an occupied nest breeding code ON , or if it is a roost hole that I should classify only as a probable nest code N for now, I looked up some information on nest site selection in the Birds of North America account for this species authored by CE Shackelford, RE Brown, and RN Conner. I was very pleased to find an almost exact description of what I had just observed:.
Red-Bellied Woodpecker | Saint Paul Audubon Society
I was so lucky to get this footage. After a frustrating morning trying to locate a Ruffed Grouse drumming log, with no success, I returned home to take a shower and mellow out. Just as I got out of my car, I heard the telltale querrr call of a Red-bellied. Heading in the direction of the sound, I soon discovered the woodpecker perched near the top of a dead stub a tree whose top was missing. He was calling with regularity and tapping at the bark intermittently. Looking more closely with my binoculars, I discovered what appears to be the beginnings of a nest hole. I sure hope a pair nests there, right at my doorstep, where they will be easy to observe and videotape.
Storm of Woodpeckers
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Along with the Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpeckers are the most common woodpecker species at Monticello. They can be seen in any part of the park. They often vocalize when foraging, which makes them fairly easy to locate.