"AHHH - YOUTH" - Pileated Woodpecker

July 29, 2023  •  1 Comment

"AHHH - YOUTH"

Pileated Woodpecker (Immature) - 7 Photos

 

Was off to track down a Great Blue Heron (GBH) that from all appearances had landed in a nearby pond when passing a small wooded area, I spotted that distinctive red headdress peaking out from behind a tree trunk. 

 

It then flew to a fallen tree and began scooping up ants with its tongue.

 

A few minutes later it flew deeper into the trees and I continued my GBH search. It wasn't until I downloaded the photos that I could ascertain that this was probably a youngster born earlier this year. Now having fully fledged, it was out on its own in pursuit of woodpecker goodies and what better way to start a meal than with some easy to find appetizers. :) 

 

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Urszula(non-registered)
Oh, what a long tongue you have :)
Fantastic images of a a young woodpecker! His/her eyes are almost brown, that's probably a signal "you're on your own, buddy".
I'm glad the woodpecker is doing so well on its own.
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