Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

May 12, 2012

Simple Surprises Make Life So Sweet

Male Pileated Woodpecker        Female Pileated Woodpecker
Photo credits: Noel Lee (Male) and Dick Daniels (Female)
I had something else chosen to write about this early morning,
but as my computer was warming up and I was getting ready to write,
an intruder, make that intruders, barged into the tranquil silence here in the forest
and changed everything.
For no apparent reason, a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, flew up and started
checking out the nest box on an old dead tree right in front of the window where I write.
They clucked and squawked quite loudly the entire time that they were there.
Poking, picking and looking all around the nest box/birdhouse at the top of the tree,
which by the way was intended for much smaller birds.
This bird normally makes its home in old dead trees in the forest,
so there was no chance this was a house hunting expedition.
No, the Pileated is not endangered, but they are so captivating, being,
with the exception of the presumed extinct Ivory Billed,
the largest Woodpecker in North America.
It was just such a gift to see them up so close and together.
They were simply stunning to watch and I just felt like you should know.
Thankful for having eyes this early Saturday morning.......

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