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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Woodpeckers are beginning to drum

The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is the largest woodpecker in Michigan. Its Pterodactyl silhouette, distinctive plumage, and loud, unmistakable call make it a very unforgettable bird species.

Males begin to "drum" for females in the late winter and early spring. This loud, repetitive hammering on tree trunks and other solid objects that project sound, goes on often for hours at a rate of two drumming events per minute. These marathon displays for females highlight the vigor of the male and his strength and endurance.

Usually, Pileated Woodpeckers excavate cavities in dead trees to nest. Once the brood is raised, the woodpeckers abandon the hole. Ecologically, this makes the woodpecker family very important because abandoned holes provide good homes in future years for many other birds and animals.

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