Date: 1/14/20 4:28 am From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> Subject: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
Several years ago while doing internet research about woodpeckers, I remember reading about a woodpecker that makes a nesting cavity in a live, healthy tree. It took 2 to 3 years for it to excavate the hole.
At least that is what I *think* I remember. I definitely cannot remember the species of woodpecker.
Recently I have spent way too much time googling the internet in a fruitless search. I went to the local library and the research librarian and she came up empty. I think I should have started my search here first ... at least I hope someone can help.
QUESTION: Is there a woodpecker that takes 2 to 3 years to excavate a nesting cavity in a live and totally healthy tree? Or is my memory faulty, deranged, wrong, bad, inaccurate, foggy etc etc.
Many thanks for any help. Jim Wilson Queenstown Note: it is not the Red-cockaded Woodpecker which digs into a healthy pine but the heartwood has been softened by red heart fungus.