With sky-blue backs and red bellies, bluebirds are some of the prettiest little birds in Virginia. To encourage bluebirds to live at Horsepen Run Nature Preserve, volunteers have set up nest boxes along the trails. Watch for the birds and their boxes as you travel through Horesepen Run.
Woodpeckers abound in Horsepen Run Nature Preserve. One favorite woodpecker is the yellow-bellied sap sucker (yes, it is a real bird). Yellow-bellied sap suckers drill into trees to drink the sap. Does that sound tasty? Well if you like pancake syrup, you like tree sap, too. People make lots of foods from tree saps.
Birds That Dwell in Hollow Trees
Many of Horsepen Run Nature Preserve’s feathered residents live in hollow trees. Northern Flickers, Barred Owls, and chimney swifts all prefer this kind of housing. Please don’t disturb dead or hollow trees!