Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pileated woodpecker, Discovery Park

Discovery Park was lovely yesterday. The birds are starting to sing, and I heard a Pacific tree frog. (Actually, I've heard tree frogs a lot in Discovery Park this winter. The only time I don't hear one is when there's frost on the ground.)
I also came across this lovely pileated woodpecker dismembering a snag.

This is after a big panel of bark has come out. Watching through my binoculars I could see the woodpecker's amazing tongue in action. But no picture of that this time.

A second woodpecker, another male, flew up to a neighboring tree for a few minutes, then flew away.

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