Rotting Banquet

Posted by Jane N on

I know I have lamented for ages now about the change in the cabin habitat due to last years storm damage. But yet again Nature has amazed me at the rate of recovery the area has made and how fast the new growth has rebounded. I do know that if we had not spent the time and money to clean up the storm damage it would have taken many more years for the area to recover with new growth.

As part of the cleanup process, we left some dead standing trees, the ones that lost their top third to the winds. We also left some of the fallen trees on the ground, we just limbed them and hauled away the brush. I knew this would help replenish the area and that the dead trees would offer food and shelter for the critters. And it worked!

In one day in the cabin yard, I counted seven different species of Woodpeckers!  Thou they weren't actually all technically Woodpeckers, they all are tree clinging bug eating birds. Starting with the smallest, I saw Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Black-backed Woodpecker and the Pileated Woodpecker.

All enjoying the rotting banquet of bugs, worms, and ants that were in the year old dead trees.  Some of the birds I even saw together on the same standing dead tree. So it is important to remember that even dead trees have life to offer. It's good to try and leave a couple standing dead trees for the birds when you can.

Happy Birding All

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