Charlie Spencer Posted February 17, 2019 Share Posted February 17, 2019 5 minutes ago, HamRHead said: Red-cockaded Woodpecker from last Saturday. We saw two and possibly a third. Their range is limited to the southeast. RCWs are somewhat endangered. They are the only woodpecker to nest in live trees and they only nest in Longleaf pines. The pines have to be about eighty years old before they are large enough for nesting purposes. In years past, many Longleaf pines were harvested and replaced with fast growing Loblolly pines. More recently, steps have been taken to restore Longleaf pine habitat. Much of this has been done on military bases. Locally we have a few colonies on the Fort Gordon Army base. This is also the first banded bird I have seen. Virtually all RCWs are banded. The photos aren’t great but good enough for ID. As always, woohoo! SWEET!!! Were you at Gordon? I'll understand if you don't feel comfortable disclosing the location. I keep meaning to get over Ft. Jackson; I still have a fort map with the restricted 'RCW' areas marked on it. Military posts often have large areas where operations are restricted or prohibited due to wildlife. Posts in the southeast track birds, tortoises, gators, among others. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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