As we are doing a series on the many Hummingbirds found in Texas and Chambers County, we will also be starting a series on the many Woodpeckers in East Texas.

Moderator’s Note:

Read this article on Tourism pointed toward the Anahuac area, as usual.  Being from Old River-Winfree and, of course, West Chambers County, I am a little disappointed when the County focuses so much attention there in Anahuac.  Our area, formerly known as Old River County in the 1800’s has so much to offer in History and Bird Watching, I wonder why all tourism dollars and tax dollars go to that part of the County.  Old River-Winfree Founders Day Goal is to get tourism, thus revenue, up in our part of the County.  The ORW Economic Development Council will be taking a hard look at purchasing land for that very reason.

Plan outlines aggressive push to build Chambers County’s tourism

Woodpeckers of the Pineywoods

  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker

The eastern Texas Pineywoods supports more species of woodpeckers than any other region of the state.

Currently, eight species of this unique family of birds exist in the Pineywoods. The Ivory-billed woodpecker once lived in eastern Texas, bringing the list up to nine. In general, woodpeckers require older trees and snags (dead trees) for feeding and nesting. Conservation of our mature forests and urban woodlots will ensure habitat for these important birds, as well as other species of wildlife dependent on their cavities.