Friday, December 4, 2015

Pileated woodpecker emerges from pine tree cavity

Early morning is a good time to see wildlife, especially birds.

Yesterday morning I went for a walk while plants were still covered with dew and before many birds had begun to sing.  As I approached the east woods, which is dotted with numerous dead pines, I kept an eye out for one of the pileated woodpeckers that I often see on the taller snags.

From a distance, I saw something poking out of one of the holes. Using my camera, I zoomed in for a closer view.  A red-topped, black and white face stared back at me!

In a tree pockmarked with numerous cavities, a female pileated woodpecker surveyed her world.  She reminded me of myself when I wake in the morning and look out the window to consider the day.

While she gazed out, I knelt down and began to take this video of my morning find.

I never know what I'm going to discover when I take a walk or go for a row but I always know I'm going to encounter something memorable. Today it was a pileated woodpecker emerging from her pine tree cavity. It made my day!

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