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    Downy woodpecker drumming on nestbox

    According to BNA-online that’s one possible function, KC, but others have been proposed. Sounds like Downies just like to drum and any excuse will serve. . .. ;) “Both sexes drum. . ..Drumming occurs year-round, but seems to be more intensive in winter and spring. Functions proposed for Downy...
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    Downy woodpecker drumming on nestbox

    The choice was probably for the loud resonant sound produced by drumming on a hollow box. Woodpeckers of many species are well-known for selecting drumming sites of other kinds —e. g. flat metal signs—for their sound qualities. It’s conceivable that your bird will use your box for nesting but...