Red-cockaded Woodpecker Webcam

This webcam was set up to view a red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) cavity tree in the spring of 2010. This tree was used by a breeding pair of RCWs in the previous year, but there was no guarantee they would use this same tree to nest in again. RCWs are an endangered species and special permission was obtained from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to install the remote camera and monitor woodpecker activity during the nesting season, April 15-July 31. Recorded images from the live feed are posted below and tell the story of observed activities. Most activity occurs during the day as RCWs in the family group help feed the chicks once they hatch. Before a pair nests, peak activity can be observed near sunset when an RCW returns to the cavity to sleep and early in the morning when it leaves to forage.


Snapshots from the Webcam

Webcam update: On May 8 we confirmed that the RCWs are using another tree for their nest this season. The camera is now focused on the nest cavity. The tree is more distant but viewers should see more activity throughout the day, especially once the chicks hatch and the helper birds frequent the nest to feed the young.

RCW nest cavity RCW nest cavity

May 10 at 3:17 pm – and RCW pecks away on a longleaf pine adjacent to the nest tree.

May 10 at 3:30 pm – An RCW pokes its head out of the nest tree. RCWs have been observed making frequent visits to the tree throughout the day. We suspect that they have eggs at this stage.

a nuthatch visits a nuthatch visits RCW
April 1 at 4:46 PM: White-breasted nuthatches start making nest in RCW cavity while woodpecker is away.
April 1 at 4:46 PM: A white-breasted nuthatch peeks out of the cavity.
April 7 at 6:14 PM: The RCW returns to the cavity to sleep at night – observations earlier in the week indicated that the nuthatches were ousted from the tree the same day they tried to establish a nest.
RCW peaking from nest hole a flicker visits the RCW nest The RCW returns
April 7 at 6:15 PM: An RCW peeks out of cavity in the evening before dropping down for the night.
April 8 at 7:18 AM: A yellow-shafted flicker inspects RCW cavity early the next morning.
April 8 at 7:20 AM: An RCW quickly returns to the cavity tree – defending its home?
RCW returns to cavity in the evening RCW returns to cavity in the evening RCW returns to cavity in the evening

April 8 at 6:06 pm: An RCW returns to the cavity at bedtime.

April 12 at 6:08: An RCW returns to cavity for the night.

April 12 at 6:08: An RCW quickly enters cavity to spend the night.

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NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System University of South Carolina Baruch Institute-USC Belle W. Baruch Foundation