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~Friday’s Feathered Friend

Pileated Woodpecker – Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, FL – March 2022

Wood chips were falling from the air. I looked up and noticed the reason why. This beautiful woodpecker was, I presume, hunting for bugs in this Pine tree.

 

Taken from the Web…

“Pileated” refers to the bird’s prominent red crest, from the Latin pileatus meaning “capped”.

The pileated woodpecker’s breeding habitat is forested areas across Canada, the eastern United States, and parts of the Pacific Coast. This bird favors mature forests and heavily wooded parks. They specifically prefer mesic habitats with large, mature hardwood trees, often being found in large tracts of forest. However, they also inhabit smaller woodlots as long as they have a scattering of tall trees.

Pileated woodpeckers mainly eat insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae. They also eat fruits, nuts, and berries, including poison ivy berries.[15] Pileated woodpeckers often chip out large and roughly rectangular holes in trees while searching out insects, especially ant colonies.[12] They also lap up ants by reaching with their long tongues into crevices. They are self-assured on the vertical surfaces of large trees, but can seem awkward while feeding on small branches and vines. They may also forage on or near the ground, especially around fallen, dead trees, which can contain a variety of insect life. They may forage around the sides of human homes or even cars, and can be observed feeding at suet-type feeders. Although they are less likely feeder visitors than smaller woodpeckers, pileateds may regularly be attracted to them in areas experiencing harsh winter conditions.

Lots of trees for that Pileated Woodpecker and many others.

Dixie Lake, Lake Louisa State Park

~~ Happy Birding~~

 

 

~Friday’s Feathered Friend – Pileated Woodpecker~

 

The Pileated Woodpecker red crest extending from forehead to nape, large black bill, scarlet mustache, white chin, white line from base of bill crosses face to back of neck and extends down neck to side and has a solid black back.

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Added to my Birding Life List on 09/21/98

(Beach Number Four, Washington)

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Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker (listening to me as I try to get closer to him)

 

Pileated Woodpeckers:

  • drum on trees and logs to claim territory and attract a mate

  • the male roosts in the nesting cavity before the eggs are laid and afterward, incubates them there at night

  • bore deep into trees, dig on the ground and on fallen logs for food

  • eat ants, beetles and a variety of other insects, acorns, beechnuts, seeds of tree cones, other nuts and various fruits

  • are common to fairly common in the Southeast

  • vulnerable to habitat loss and forest fragmentation

  • have adapted to habitat changes

  • compete for excavated nesting cavities with European Starlings

  • **information above taken from Smithsonian handbooks, Birds of North America**
"Now you see me, now you don't!"
“Now you see me, now you don’t!” (This is how I saw him most of the time.)

 

He stopped pounding the log for a second.
He stopped pounding on the log for a second.

 

Stephen F. Austin State Park
Stephen F. Austin State Park

The photo above shows our backyard from April 6th to April 10th. This is a beautiful Texas State Park located in San Felipe, which is about 20 miles west of Katy, Texas and it is a terrific place to see birds.

While there we saw the Tufted Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Chickadee, Black Vulture, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Ground Dove, Wood Duck, Red-winged Blackbird, Chipping Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Mourning Dove, American Crow, Northern Cardinal and Indigo Bunting.

 

Our lovely and very green backyard for a few days.
Our lovely and very green backyard for a few days. (Look close and you can see a few Northern Cardinals.)

Notice the felled trees in the background on the right of the photo above;  this is where the Pileated was when we pulled into our site. It was a nice welcome!

 

 

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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!

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~A Few Birds from Fairview Riverside State Park and #359~

 

A few more bird photos from Fairview Riverside State Park. And, number 359, a new sighting!

 

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Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary  Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
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Prothonotary Warbler

When I first spotted this beautiful little warbler, I though it was a new sighting; however, after checking my records I had seen it previously. It was truly a joy to get to watch this little bird for a few seconds.

 

Finally, a new bird РYellow-throated Warbler. Number 359! 

Yellow-throated Warbler (backside)
Yellow-throated Warbler
(backside)
Yellow-throated Warbler (not good photos, but proof of sighting)
Yellow-throated Warbler
(not good photos, but proof of sighting)

 

Very hard to photograph, because it was flitting around in the dense trees, zipping in and out of the moss.
Very hard to photograph this little guy, because it was flitting around in the heavy foliage and zipping in and out of the moss.

I enhanced the last two photos of the Yellow-throated; I tried to improve the  photos highlighting the bird better. Of course the best shot is of its back-side!

 

Great Egret
Great Egret on the hunt

 

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Getting close

 

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Closer

 

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Snowy Egret
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Yellow Feet
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Texas Two-Step

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

 

High up in a tall Long Leaf Pine
High up in a tall Long Leaf Pine

 

Mourning Dove
Mourning Doves

 

 It is always fun to take a walk, because you never know what you might see!