Cavity Trees
SPECIES LISTED PREFERRED SEASONS COMMENTS

American Kestrel

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Nests in cavity trees over 12 " DBH.

Barred Owl

 

Yes

ALL

Nests in cavity trees over 20" DBH.

Big Brown Bat

     

May roost in hollow trees.

Black-capped Chickadee

 

Yes

ALL

Nests in trees over 4 " DBH; prefers dead stubs that are solid outside and rotted inside.

Brown Creeper

   

ALL

Prefers to nest under loose bark but also uses cavities.

Downy Woodpecker

 

Yes

ALL

Trees over 6 " DBH.

Eastern Bluebird

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Uses natural or woodpecker holes.

Eastern Screech Owl

 

Yes

ALL

Natural cavities and abandoned holes in trees over 12" DBH; uses for nesting and roosting.

European Starling

   

ALL

May nest in trees over 10 " DBH.

Fisher

     

May den in hollow trees.

Gray Treefrog

   

Su

May be found in moist hollow trees.

Great Crested Flycatcher

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Nests in natural cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes.

Great Horned Owl

 

Yes

Sp,Su

May nest in large natural cavities.

Hairy Woodpecker

 

Yes

ALL

Trees over 10 " DBH.

House Wren

   

Sp,Su

May nest in trees over 10 " DBH.

Indiana Myotis

E

   

Nurseries may be in tree cavities.

Keen's Myotis

     

Females seek cavities for nursery colonies.

Little Brown Myotis

     

In valleys near streams or marshes.

Northern Flicker

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Nests in trees over 12 " DBH.

Northern Flying Squirrel

 

Yes

 

Uses cavities for winter and sometimes summer den.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Nests in cavity trees over 12" DBH.

Pileated Woodpecker

 

Yes

ALL

Trees over 14" DBH.

Porcupine

     

May den in hollow trees.

Raccoon

 

Yes

 

Prefers denning in hollow trees, usually over 10' above ground and near water.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Rare; mostly CT River Valley.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

Yes

ALL

Nests in trees over 12 " DBH.

Red-headed Woodpecker

 

Yes

ALL

Rare and irregular in all seasons; dead trees at edges of fields.

Southern Flying Squirrel

 

Yes

 

Prefers cavities with hole 1.5-2.0" D.

Tufted Titmouse

 

Yes

ALL

Nests in natural cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes.

Turkey Vulture

   

Sp,Su

Uses tall snags for roosting and preening.

Virginia Opossum

 

Yes

   

White-breasted Nuthatch

 

Yes

ALL

Nests in trees over 12 " DBH.

Wood Duck

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Trees over 16 " DBH with hole over 4 " D within several hundred yards of water.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

 

Yes

Sp,Su

Nests in trees over 10 " DBH.