Check out that Snag!

Red-headed Woodpecker outside his home on a snag along the golf course – Glen Cox

Many people may not use the term “snag” often until they become birders. According to Miriam-Webster, the term snag as a noun is defined as:

1.) a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigation 
2.) a standing dead tree

Snags make wonderful habitat for birds and I often look towards snags if I’m in search of birds. They make great perches for birds who want a view. They make excellent home both for nests on and inside of the snag for cavity dwellers.

This article written by SC DNR explains the importance of snags in our natural habitat. We want to make all residents and guests aware that the snags are not an eyesore, but something that is beneficial for birds and other wildlife.

Author: sibirders

SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS / “watching, learning, protecting” Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) are residents, renters and guests of Seabrook Island, SC who have an interest in learning, protecting and providing for the well-being of the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year.

2 thoughts on “Check out that Snag!”

  1. Is Glen’s pic of the dead tree to the right of the 10th green on Crooked Oaks? If so, that tree as commonly housed a Red-headed Woodpecker family.

    George Haskins

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