Dead trees bring life to the forest.
A Red-Breasted Nuthatch is spotted in a dead tree "snag".
Bird Web from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has some
nuthatch facts -
This report and photos from Shoreline resident, Claudia Turner -
- The Red-breasted Nuthatch collects resin globules from coniferous trees and plasters them around the entrance of its nest hole. It may carry the resin in its bill or on pieces of bark that it uses as an applicator. The male puts the resin primarily around the outside of the hole while the female puts it around the inside. The resin may help to keep out predators or competitors. The nuthatch avoids the resin by diving directly through the hole.
- During nest building, the Red-breasted Nuthatch is aggressive, chasing away other hole-nesting birds such as the House Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Downy Woodpecker. A particularly feisty nuthatch may go after Yellow-rumped Warblers, House Finches, Violet-Green Swallows, and Cordilleran Flycatchers.
- Red-breasted Nuthatches migrate southward earlier than many irruptive species. They may begin in early July and may reach their southernmost point by September or October.
(Look closely and you'll see a little "red-breasted nuthatch peaking out of a hole in a "snag")
|Photo credit - Claudia Turner|
"The snag & nuthatch pic was taken in March '10. They raised their babies & hung out as a family until Sept or so" said Turner.
|Photo credit - Claudia Turner|
The National Wildlife Federation recommends leaving "snags" in your yard to garden for wildlife.
Dead trees used to be considered "unsightly", but what could be more fascinating than seeing wildlife using these old trees to provide life giving food and shelter.
Their slogan for this issue is "Dead Wood Good"!
In an interesting coincidence, a workshop program is coming up next week at the NW Stream Center
Dead Wood Good? How Dead Trees Help Wildlife
Incorporating Dead Trees into Your Habitat
in south Everett.
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 Members / $7 Non-members. Advance Purchase Necessary.
Minimum Class Size: 20Age Recommendation: Adult...this class is geared for serious gardeners, property owners who manage trees, arborists, foresters, and parks/public works staff
Wildlife Trees: The Importance of Snags in Your Neighborhood
It may be hard to believe, but trees can actually create more habitats for various species after they die than when they are alive! Dead trees are important for wildlife in both natural and landscaped settings. Such trees are given many names, including "snags" and "wildlife trees." Snags enhance local natural areas by providing for the needs of many wildlife species that may not be commonly found there otherwise. Snags can "live on" as excellent wildlife trees for all to enjoy!
Join instructor Chris Anderson, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, for a lively presentation. Come learn about the role snags play as "wildlife trees" and their importance to sustaining local biodiversity of various wildlife species.
The class will cover some examples of local wildlife species that depend on snags and dying trees for their life needs, as well as how snags are an integral habitat feature that allows for a whole web of wildlife species to persist in areas where they would largely not be found in the absence of available snag habitat. Management considerations that assist in the retention of snags and similar dying trees on your property will be discussed. Find out what steps to take to find the best help to assess and manage perceived hazard tree situations, while considering wildlife value.