Woodpecker Couple Go House Hunting!from MyBackyardBirding
As long as a nest is not already established, Northern Flickers, Pileated, Red-headed, Red-bellied, Hairy and Downy woodpeckers also may take up residence in bird houses. The 1.5 inch entrance hole of a bluebird house is big enough for a Downy woodpecker. Northern Flicker, Red-headed, Red-bellied, and Hairy Woodpeckers need a larger box with an entrance hole of 2.5 inch. Pileated Woodpeckers need a 4 inch entrance hole.
Woodpeckers like to excavate there own cavities so when using a nest or roost box be sure to pack it full of wood chips. Some customers have also told me they put Popsicle sticks over the hole to prevent starlings from taking over the house before the woodpeckers make a claim on the house. Woodpeckers have no problem drilling through the sticks and defending their home.
Watch the video of the house hunt: https://youtu.be/SpyHn8OOfUQ
Watch the video of the babies: https://youtu.be/0KpRzJ4pCkc
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