You’ve probably seen a peacock or two. You know—those large, fantastically beautiful birds the Game of Thrones team would have designed if they didn’t actually exist. After all, most zoos have them, and they are fairly common as pets and wandering ‘landscape ornaments.’ But did you know they’re pulling off quite a successful stealth invasion?
The Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, is rated as near threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Endangered species. Photo by Mdf Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
Part of enjoying wild birds is helping to make sure they’re still here for future generations. This may mean taking part in annual bird counts, creating habitat on your property, discouraging invasive species, making sure the birds you love get enough to eat in winter or even making a donation to a bird conservation group. Whatever your choice, be sure to give a little something back for all the joy you get from birds!
Woodpeckers are a real treat in the garden – they are colorful, fun to watch and great for keeping the bugs under control. Since most of them don’t migrate you can hope to attract woodpeckers all year round, especially in summer when they bring their babies to your feeders.
Winter can be a season of incredible beauty but for birds it’s a time when natural sources of food and water can be unpredictable.