In this area, you will find dead or dying trees that are still standing. They are called ‘snag’ trees. This area is a great place to see many different kinds of woodpeckers, such as the downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, and northern flicker. Woodpeckers search for insects by using their beaks to make holes in the snag trees. Later, these holes often become nesting places for other birds, like the Louisiana waterthrush, prothonotary warbler, Carolina chickadees, eastern bluebirds, and white-breasted nuthatch.
A red-bellied woodpecker keeps an eye out for food (Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
A northern flicker exposes a beautiful set of wings during take-off (Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
A downy woodpecker preparing for a foraging trip (Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
Prothonotary warbler resting on a branch (Lilian Cerdeira/Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
A white-breasted nuthatch (Dean Newman/Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
A snag tree right off the Nature Loop trail (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).
Snag trees provide habitat for many difference species (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).