Jordan Lake: Doc Ellen’s Natural Minute. I happened to come upon a male pileated woodpecker working hard on a branch looking for breakfast this morning. So grabbed a moment to video it and to share it. Take care, stay safe. Stay well.
I had heard this male pileated and his mate chipping away across the cove from me. I had gotten distracted by a fishing osprey, when two trees away from me the thwacking got very loud. Looking up I was startled at how close the woodpecker was to me as these birds tend to be spooky around people. I got the scattering of the wood chips as the pileated drew back for another blow – so fast it blurred my next shot of him. Then his mate called out and just like that he was gone into the deeper shadows.
Ever have one of those mornings, in a hurry, nothing going quite right?
You dash out into the bright sunlight towards your car?
And find yourself wondering if you had brushed your teeth and combed your hair?
This pileated woodpecker seemed to be having one of those mornings…