Red-headed Woodpecker Nest Cavity Progress
 
The male red-headed woodpecker does most of the drilling and excavating.
Because of the loss of habitat, this woodpecker has been on a steady decline and is now on the Watch List.
Our woods around Jordan Lake provide them with the pine snags needed for their nest cavities.
 
Here you can see the beginning of the cavity.
 
 
A wood chip goes flying past the woodpecker’s left shoulder.
 
 
Here is a great view of the cavity.  He will finish the cavity in the next couple of weeks and his mate will lay her eggs.
 
 
Away he goes, chasing a bug for a snack.
 

Shelter Osprey Nest
 
Mom osprey was incubating her eggs this morning.  I think hatching is about a week away.
 
Mom osprey stood up and stretched.
 
 
Shook out her wings.
 
 
Looked around for any danger that might be approaching.
 
 
Repositioned the eggs under herself and settled back in to incubating the eggs.
 

First Nest
Even if you ARE a bald eagle, some birds just don’t give you any leeway.
The eastern kingbird took great offense that Cacao flew too close to its nest.
The parent kingbird (about the size of a robin) promptly chased Cacao out of the area.
BTW I have seen kingbirds actually land on the backs of both adult and juvenile eagles.
Looks like a jet landing on an aircraft carrier.
Sometimes the kingbird gives the eagle a peck for good measure!  But, not in this series.

First Nest
 
Both of the chicks have fledged!
 
Kate is not too impressed with Cacao’s semi controlled crash landing.
 
 
While Cacao is trying to get the landing finished, Caramel comes zipping by.
 
 
Kate watches as Caramel makes a landing much further down the tree.
 
 
Just like any offspring, Cacao imitates mom even though Kate is still not impressed!

Jordan Lake: Bald Eagle Fledgling at First Nest
Caramel has fledged. I don’t know the exact date – the chicks were due to fledge starting April 27.
Dad Petruchio brought a fish to the nest and I could hear the young ones calling.
I don’t know yet if Cacao has also fledged. The lake is still too deep for me to get a decent shot of the nest.
And the sun was in the wrong place for a detailed look at the new flier.