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Pileated Woodpecker nest

Posted by Liron on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I've been doing so much birding lately that I haven't had time to write up posts. It's been a great few weeks with lots of birds, including my lifer Red-eyed Vireo! Other highlights including mud-crawling at Iona for Bonaparte's Gulls and Caspian Terns, a family of Barred Owls, and more. One highlight was visiting a Pileated Woodpecker nest, which is what this post is about.

When I arrived at the location of the woodpecker nest, there were already some other people there. According to them the adult woodpeckers hadn't come in to feed for about an hour, so they were due anytime soon! Sure enough it wasn't long before they came in, but the light was very bad for photos. Ten minutes later an adult came in again, but once again the light was not good. We waited and waited, and about an hour later I was looking at the nest and I commented on how good the light was now and if only a woodpecker would show up. Just as I said that the adult male flew in, and we all got great shots! 30-40 minutes later the light was still good and the female showed up to feed. It was a great morning! It was lots of fun to spend time with this family of woodpeckers!

Pileated Woodpecker nest

Pileated Woodpecker nest


Pileated Woodpecker nestlings



 

 

 

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