to twenty species of woodpeckers live in North America. Most
woodpeckers live all year in the same area and don't migrate. Woodpeckers
can be found in a variety of habitats including farmlands, open woodlands,
orchards, oak and pine woods, parks and gardens.
Woodpeckers are very beneficial to our environment. They eat thousands of
wood boring insects and other garden pests. You can usually observe most
woodpeckers spiraling around a tree trunk in search of food. Attracting
woodpeckers to your own backyard is very enjoyable and these perky birds
will reward you by eating insect pests in your garden such as crickets,
ants, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, wasps, beetles, and grubs. A single
flicker can eat thousands of carpenter ants in one day!