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.
Jordan Lake Sunday Morning Birding Stroll 2020-03-01
There are 11 different species in this stroll. Two of the species I don’t often see at Jordan Lake: the winter wren and the rusty blackbird. Enjoy the wandering!
Jordan Lake: Pileated Woodpecker
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.
JL Neighborhood, 5 photos 8/23/2017
In between watching eclipses and aerobatic bald eagles, I have kept my eye on other interesting critters …
This is father osprey plowing into the lake for a fish.
A white-tailed buck very calmly glanced my way and then went back to browsing.
Something must have tickled this great blue heron’s toes – he sure made a spectacular leap and didn’t take flight!
It was great fun watching the pileated woodpecker stop his hammering just long enough for me to get his portrait.
The three brassy little skipper butterflies were sharing a button bush blossom.
one of those mornings…
I was wrong!
It is a rare day at the lake when I don’t hear a pileated woodpecker and its partner.
What is also rare is to actually see one of these large and secretive birds.
Then today, after seeing not one, but two, I found out that I have been repeating a myth about these birds:
I had thought the cartoon character Woody the Woodpecker was modeled on a pileated woodpecker.
Alas, I was wrong. The real bird was an acorn woodpecker.
See the NPR story at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101665227