Rana sphenocephala

Rana sphenocephala
Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens sphenocephala

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pileated Woodpecker Nest

In the last half of this winter, the hammering by pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) on a dead sweetgum could be heard every day. I didn’t think much of it since they pecked a bunch of holes in that same snag last winter, but this time it seemed more purposeful. Yep, the pair was excavating a nesting cavity about 40 feet up in the tree, about 40 feet from my front door. Here is a shot from my point-and-shoot camera, a little fuzzy but still good enough to identify two nestlings breathing hard through gaping beaks on a warm spring day:

1 comment:

  1. sweet, cool shot!

    I aslo have a family of pileated woodpeckers, finally got a shot, take a look.

    Pileated Woodpeckers