Pileated Woodpecker – A story ;)

Baby Woodpecker - looking out

Hey Mom! It’s me, Woody!

Baby Pileated number 2

Mom, were are you.

baby Pileated farther out

I know you’re out there!

Pileated Woodpecker baby almost out of hole

I can see you!

Pileated Woodpecker

Sigh.  yes, I’m here.

Feeding timer

(Eating so fast it is a blurrr…..)

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I had been hearing the woodpeckers all day.  It was evening and the rain had finally stopped, but it was still cloudy.  I put my camera at about ISO 2000.  I saw two adults flying around.  And then I realized that the “twig” in front of the hole was a young one sticking its head out.  Most of the noise was coming from the little one.

I heard them the next morning, but by the time I was able to get out in late afternoon (an perfect light!) they were gone.  I’m assuming the little one fledged.

13 thoughts on “Pileated Woodpecker – A story ;)

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Ah, this is the critter (likely a west coast relative) that tried for 3 years in a row to kill a favorite tree in front of our house. When he would not be scared away, he found himself dodging airsoft BBs – which after a while, he tired of and left. My tree is slowly recovering but some high branches that depend on the lower areas he destroyed may never recover. Nature is lovely – but sometimes she must be reminded of some human values.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      During the spring the adults were making calls that sounded like the first half of the Wood Woodpecker theme, but recently both adults and baby sounded like the second half, the “laugh”. Yeah, they can be loud. I think since I’m usually up by dawn it sdoesn’t bother me.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          No they aren’t… There are several types around here. Most I see are small. These ones also have a loud call – when you hear them you understand that Wood Woodpecker’s theme song was not totally fantasy but based on the real sound.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I have tried for years to get a good photo of one. The conditions were bad and I was hoping to get back the next day when it was much brighter, but they didn’t wait for me…

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