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Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) User: Brian Morin  (See all photos - 1125)
Canada (Ontario) Ottawa - There is good news on the woodpecker front. All of the southern species in Ontario are showing an upward trend in their populations. This includes the Pileated which is experiencing record highs on Christmas counts in many areas. My take on this, and I was expecting it, is that it is related to the decimation of native ash trees due to the emerald ash borer. Almost 10% of the tree population in the southern part of the province is ash. The white ash will be almost wiped out in the next very few years as the onslaught continues. The species is virtually gone in the south.
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Date: January 1, 2019
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Brian Morin


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Ottawa - There is good news on the woodpecker front. All of the southern species in Ontario are showing an upward trend in their populations. This includes the Pileated which is experiencing record highs on Christmas counts in many areas. My take on this, and I was expecting it, is that it is related to the decimation of native ash trees due to the emerald ash borer. Almost 10% of the tree population in the southern part of the province is ash. The white ash will be almost wiped out in the next very few years as the onslaught continues. The species is virtually gone in the south.
· Date: January 3, 2019 · Views: 56
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Chris

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January 3, 2019 15:31

Great job. I also wonder if the Red-headed Woodpecker is showing such positive signs?
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Brian Morin
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January 3, 2019 15:57

So far Red hasn't followed suit but hopefully that will turn around because it is in very bad shape.
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Sue
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January 6, 2019 17:54

Beautiful shot!
Too bad about the Ash trees but nice to see more woodpeckers.
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Brian Morin
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January 11, 2019 03:36

Agreed re the trees but we are appreciating the upside.
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