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Subject:Re: The Red-Headed Woodpeckers of Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park
From:linda whyte <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:linda whyte <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 6 Nov 2011 08:09:21 -0600

Laura Coble and I visited Nerstrand last month, without finding them
in the usual places, around the visitors' center, parking lot, and
campground; neither did we find them on our hike along trails to the
north of there.

However, they may well have been off gathering mast from the oaks on
the south side trails, across the road, where we have also seen them
in the past. Since it hadn't been too cold at that point, they may not
have been interested in seeking out the suet feeders by the visitors'
center, where we usually see them in cold months. In our St. Paul
yard, other woodpeckers have only recently begun frequenting the nuts
and suet again.
Linda Whyte

On Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 11:07 PM, Fr. Paul Kammen
<> wrote:
> I believe these wonderful birds nest there, but I haven't been down there this
> year. I'll give them a call on Monday, but was wondering if anyone has visited this
> state park recently. As far as I know, it's the only place where one can regularly
> see the red headed woodpecker, unless they are common in other areas of the
> Twin Cities. I took some photos a couple of years ago, but wanted to take some
> more closer-up. If anyone knows if they are still there, or where there might be
> some spots to find red-headed woodpeckers, I'd appreciate it. Too bad some of
> their habitat has been impacted and their numbers are down - I hope they are
> stabalizing and doing OK, they are a quite striking bird. I'm thinking with the
> leaves gone now might be a good time to head down on a decent day to view
> them.
> Thanks,
> Fr. Paul
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