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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

COCKADED WOODPECKER NESTS

 THE TOP  PHOTO SHOWS HOW MUCH THESE WOODPECKERS PECK AT THEIR NEST CAVITY TO GET THE SAP/RESIN TO FLOW FROM THE PINE TREE.  THEY DO THIS TO PROTECT THE NEST.  CRITTERS WHO WOULD TRY TO CLIMB THE TREE (SNAKES IN PARTICULAR) COME UP AGAINST THAT RESIN AND THEN GIVE UP BECAUSE OF THE STICKINESS OF IT.
 THE PHOTO ABOVE SHOWS HOW THE NWR TRY TO ASSIST IN BUILDING THE CAVITY BACK IN IN ORDER TO KEEP THE ENDANGERED BIRDS SAVE FROM FLYING SQUIRRELS OR POSSIBLY HAWKS(?).  ONCE THE BIRD HAS MADE THE HOLE TOO BIG THEN IT HAS LOST ITS PROTECTION FROM PREDATORS.
IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE IN ANY OF THESE PHOTOS THE COLLECTION OF SAP/RESIN BUT I THINK YOU CAN TELL IT IS THERE.

THIS IS ONE AREA THESE ENDANGERED BIRDS LIVE.  I HOPE EVENTUALLY TO GET A SHOT OF ONE!!

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