Sunday, February 17, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • February 17

Pileated Woodpecker. As you can see, it was a snowy morning at Oatka today. At the end of my hike the woods behind the lodge suddenly became alive with a large mixed flock of mostly woodpeckers. Tapping and hammering was going on all around me!

Pileated Woodpecker. Out of focus, but you can see the large area of white underneath the Pileated's wings. This produces a "flashing" effect when these large birds fly.

Pileated Woodpecker. Once again, this is a female. Where have the male Pileated Woodpeckers gone in Oatka Creek Park?

Pileated Woodpecker. This bird changed trees frequently, keeping an eye on me. However, it always chose to land on a tree closer to me than the last one!