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HAIRY WOODPECKER - Species Profile
Woodpeckers seem compelled to enlarge entrances to nestboxes before using them! Similar to the smaller Downey woodpecker and you can attract them to your nestboxes and feeders. Although shyer than the Downey, this is the noisier and more active of the two birds.
HABITATThe small Hairy Woodpecker is quite territorial, and each couple defends a territory about 1/4 acre around the nest, but ranges over a much larger area.
NESTINGNESTBOX: 4x4"-5x5", 1 3/4" Hole
Adding an inch or 2 of woodchips in the bottom of the box makes your nestbox more attractive. Woodchips help keep the eggs from rolling around the next, and may help keep the eggs warm since they partially bury their eggs in the chips.
FOODIt's obvious that woodpeckers like insects...but they also like sap from Sapsucker holes, sunflower seed, meat scraps, nuts, cheese, apples, bananas, peanut butter and suet.
WATERWater sources are important to all birds, especially during frozen winter spells and hot dry summer days. Best placed in the open, with near by branches for convenient lookouts will invite birds to your water features.
COVERNatural landscaping encourages these woodland birds. "Wood" is their middle name for a reason! Mature trees are favorites, but young trees also provide insects and cover.
INTERESTING TIDBITSLeaving deadwood (as long as it doesn't endanger anyone) in your trees will encourage woodpeckers to visit your backyard. The snags attract insects and provide soft wood in which the woodpecker can excavate their nest holes. And these holes are used by a wide variety of native birds.
Both males and females provide "Drumming" as the start of elaborate mating rituals. Loud, rapid volleys on resonant surfaces such as hollow trees or house drainpipes are favorite "drums".
Once settled, Hairy Woodpeckers remain in one territorial range throughout their lives.
A 4x4" or 5x5" nestbox will house the following cavity nesters. Add species-specific predator guards to protect the eggs and nestlings from predators.
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