Friday, March 3, 2017
Visiting birder Alan Crockard took these cool photos of a Red-cockaded Woodpecker flying across a marsh in Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe on Lundi Gras. Not a view one usually gets of the species- traversing open air space. Way to be fast on the draw, Alan!
The Red-cockaded is an endangered woodpecker found only in particular types of pine stands. The only two reliable places to find them in southeast Louisiana are on this refuge, where pine flatwoods are managed by controlled burn and nest/roost boxes are inserted into trees- both strategies to improve habitat for the species.