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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pileated Woodpecker feeding two babies - a fantastic photo taken over the weekend

Frank Drouillard and Nan Brichetto were hiking in Sonoma County when they heard the racket. They looked up and saw two heads poked out of a hole of a tree. Nan usually gets the shot, but she handed the camera to Frank and he got the fantastic photo of an adult Pileated Woodpecker at the opening of the nest cavity with the two babies' heads awaiting food. Thanks much to Frank for sharing his photograph here with us.

Pileated Woodpeckers are our largest woodpeckers here on the Mendonoma Coast. They have a prehistoric look to them, don't you agree? Their territory is quite large - 200 acres or more. Their call is unique. Once heard it will never be forgotten.


Jeanne Jackson said...

I would give a lot to get such a great shot!

Frank Drouillard said...

Even dinosaurs are cute when they're little.

Jeanne Jackson said...

They do look prehistoric. I understand they were gone the next day, that they had fledged. Great timing, Frank!