What Is the Point Of Woodpeckers?
These birds are good for us because they help to keep the populations of insects down. If it weren’t for birds and other flying animals, such as bats, the insect populations around us would be so high, they'd drive us mad. It wouldn't just be the odd bug bite you had to contend with during the hot summer nights, the skies would be filled with bugs. Life would be intolerable if we didn't have birds, just like woodpeckers, to keep these insect numbers in check.
When woodpeckers peck on trees, they are creating cavities which allow other life forms to thrive. Smaller animals will now have the start of a doorway into a tree hollow, which will keep them safe from predators as well as the cold temperatures of winter. The holes in wood also allow for other animals to gain access to food sources, ensuring the survival of many of them during the winter, once again.
Some woodpeckers, including the red-headed woodpecker, can also help to keep the populations of other pest animals down, alongside insects. These are known to puncture eggs in duck nests, which is useful in areas where duck populations are high, making them a pest. Lastly, they also feast on baby and adult mice and rats, given half a chance. When you think about it, these birds are actually doing us a favor. Or, rather, a few favors!
In short, killing woodpeckers isn’t good for anyone, and unless you're one hundred percent which species you're dealing with, you can’t be sure that you're not culling a potentially endangered species.