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Cynthia Lockwood

The Woodlands, TX, United States


The morning I took this photo I was with a group that was led by a biologist who was responsible for monitoring the nests and banding these endangered birds. We were in a state forest where they are protected. When out looking for these birds, I usually find them by watching for pieces of pine bark falling from above or listening for their calls. I think they’re such unique woodpeckers because they nest in old, living pine trees. They poke holes around the excavated area, causing resin to flow, which provides protection from snakes and other predators. I’m so thankful for state forests and other areas that provide sanctuaries to preserve the existence of these beautiful woodpeckers. The bird in this photo was in a loblolly pine that was over 50′ tall.

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

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