Albany Pine Bush News

Good news. We have confirmed breeding of red-headed woodpecker in the Preserve!

So why is this news you may ask? Red-headed woodpecker is listed in the New York State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (#69 on our APB list) and listed as Special Concern on the NYS list of Threatened and Endangered Species.

I found one adult yesterday while scouting firebreaks for a pending burn plan. The bird was in the City of Albany’s restoration area where they had thinned the forest. Two adults were observed today carrying food, which can only mean one thing…nestlings!

Not only is this great news for the restoration work and further evidence that our efforts to restore the Preserve’s closed canopy forest to open canopied savannah and barrens (aka Young Forest) is on the right track, but it’s also great for the conservation of this bird.

This is one of the most strikingly beautiful woodpeckers I’ve ever seen.

This amazing photo was taken by Bruce C. Dudek

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Neil Gifford, Conservation Director


Wendy @ 1:41 pm

  1. Louis Suarato :: August 2, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Nice shot, Bruce!

  2. Joanne Engel :: August 2, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Very exciting for us bird enthusiasts.

  3. Susan Lloyd :: August 2, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    How exciting! I’ve only seen one in my lifetime and that was about twenty years ago in Rimersburg, PA.

  4. Tere Vidal :: August 3, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I spotted two about three weeks ago, on Siver Road near the creek just before the golf course. Bothe were feeding off a tree close to the road. I have also spotted these birds on Pineview Drive.

  5. lindamargison :: August 3, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    wonderful news. Thank you so much for your efforts in the Pine Bush. We had a flicker pair yesterday.

  6. Running the category — Red-headed Woodpeckers, 8/2/13 | The View from Kestrel Hill :: August 5, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    [...] I followed the excited directions (only getting lost once) and arrived to find not only two birders, but two birds! A pair, carrying food! That mean young, and that means a new confirmed breeding bird for the Pine Bush! [...]

  7. Margaret Krolick :: August 8, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Wonderful! I would love to see them. What a fine product of your planned burns.

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