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