Dead (snags) or Fallen Trees (Logs)
While it may sound odd, keeping dead or fallen trees (and even large branches) around on your property could increase the amount of birds (especially Woodpeckers) that come to your yard. There are number of reasons for this, number one being that many insects and other types of bird prey eat or live in decaying wood, thus making it an important resource for hungry birds. Wild birds also use dead trees for nesting, perching, roosting, shelter, and as a place to store food. Woodpeckers in particular favor decaying wood because of the abundance of insects found in or around it and the ease at which they can peck at it due to its softness, relative to a live tree. So, if you have dead tree and don’t mind its presence on your property, it may make sense to just leave it to nature.
Birds Most Commonly Associated with Dead or Fallen Trees
Barred Owl Black-Capped Chickadee Brown Creeper Carolina Wren Eastern Bluebird Downy Woodpecker Great Crested Flycatcher Hermit Thrush Indigo Bunting Northern Flicker Northern Mockingbird Pileated Woodpecker Red-Bellied Woodpecker Red-Headed Woodpecker Tufted Titmouse Wood Duck Warblers White-Breasted Nuthatch