This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
The great spotted woodpecker and the lesser woodpecker may yet be found in large woods, parks, and pleasure grounds, but very deplorably in decreasing number, which may to some extent be due to the greater care bestowed on timber trees by removing unhealthy or decayed examples. Nevertheless, there are some landowners that still delight in old trees, and even here the woodpeckers are becoming rarer year by year. Surely this is a consequence of the rage for stuffed specimens and for the part their plumage displays in bird millinery. To the forester and orchardist no more useful birds exist, as they destroy innumerable pests that may obtain a footing in dead limbs, and from whence would otherwise infect the trunks in certain conditions of season. The green woodpecker is far more commonly seen than the other species, but this is chiefly in woods, woodlands, and pleasure grounds, a clear indication of the preservative influence of the proprietor of the domain and the due regard of his commands by servitors. So tempting are woodpeckers to bird-stuffers, well knowing the value of specimens for museums, cases in halls, and ladies' hats, that liberal prices are given for the shot-where-not-seen examples.
Surely legislation can devise some means of reaching the killer through the receiver and penalize both, no matter for which purpose.