Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snag.

There's a large birch snag in Paulik Park, which was intentionally left standing when the park was created from several large residential lots. It is falling apart, shedding bark, branches and heartwood. Yesterday it was falling apart a little more, and quite audibly.



Here is the reason, a Pileated Woodpecker working away. It is also one of the reasons the snag was retained. Next to a pond, nothing attracts birds like a good snag.

8 comments:

KaHolly said...

THAT brought a smile to my face. I haven't had the opportunity to see a pileated in a long time. Such a gentle post about something so important! Thanks. ~karen

Karen said...

Snags are vital. So few of them get left in the urban landscape. Great shots of the hammerhead, I mean pileated.

Kyna said...

Awesome photo! I only see those from afar it seems...:/

Kim and Victoria said...

How fortunate for you to see a pileated woodpecker!

Hugh said...

Karen (KaHolly), Thanks. They need a lot of habitat, so it's rare to see them in a small park--always a thrill.

Karen, Yup. It's nice that naturescaping is becoming a more important consideration.

Kyna, Thanks. I got lucky this time.

Kim & Victoria, Yes, it's always a thrill.

PSYL said...

Let's hope it does make a nest there...if it does, then I'll pay it a visit!

Moonstone Gardens said...

Wonderful photos. We had some trees die on the side of our property and decided to leave a couple of them standing for wildlife. They're not quite rotten enough for woodpeckers, but we have a lot of other wildlife using them.
Cindee

Marvin said...

The amount of rotten wood a pileated can remove in a short period of time is amazing.