Saturday, June 7, 2014

Red Car Property: Woodpeckers Flocking To Dead & Dying Eucalyptus Trees

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 5, 2014.  A bunch of woodpeckers were singing and banging away high up in the freshly trimmed back Eucalyptus on the north end of the Red Car Property.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)  

I'd been hearing them for about a year, as the trees have been in a death spiral, but couldn't see them through all the dead foliage.  (They're such small birds, this was the best shot I could get in the harsh light.)  From what avid birders tell me, it is most likely a Nuttall's Woodpecker.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 5, 2014.  Credit the current Red Car Property owner's rep for moving quickly on this one.  A few days after after we posted photos on this blog, in addition to talking to Trust for Public Land & City Councilmember O'Farrell's staff about the trees, 2 of the 9 dead trees on the north end of the property were trimmed back considerably.  Not only are the dead & dying trees a fire danger in the Hillside area, they are at risk of falling in a Santa Ana Wind event or in a rainstorm. 

If you haven't done so already, get your brush clearance done.  The 4th of July is just around the corner.  See