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Pictures taken 2/11 next to the Little Buffalo River:

 

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One of my favorite photos ! Shows a Mid-December Pileated Woodpecker and two holes he dug (both typical elongated Pileated Woodpecker holes). Taken last Sunday morning.

 

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Its a very windy February morning here in the valley; I imagine worse winds in the higher elevations ! It was 68F at dawn this morning. We did not get the expected rain and storms last night, and I believe the chances are not as high today as last night and the energy has moved towards Tennessee and Mississippi.

The Pileated woodpecker is crow sized and is frequently spotted and heard around Arkansas. Many people have trouble getting close enough to get a good photograph. I have found that from February to June during the pairing and breeding season that they are often so preoccupied with their daily routine, that it is easy to sneak up on them, especially early in the day. This photo of a male (red stripe on his chin) Pileated Woodpecker was from yesterday, taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 300 f/2.8 IS Lens handheld from 45-50 feet away. He was so busy drilling for termites and ants, his mate was tearing apart logs on the ground 50 feet further away, that I went unnoticed or they were not bothered with my presence for 20 minutes:

 

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This fantastic pair of woodpeckers has been working my yard this past weekend. We did get a light thundershower this morning about 8-9 AM; just enough to settle the dust a bit. Temperatures were warmer this morning at 59F. There is practically no summer birds left in the area. I did hear a Tanager yesterday and a White-eyed Vireo this morning; aside from him I only hear a few of our winter birds; Pileated, Red-headed, Red Bellied, Downey, and Hairy woodpeckers and a Chickadee.

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17

Male Pileated Woodpecker – 9/16

 

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17 AM

Female Pileated Woodpecker – 9/17 AM

 

 

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First off: so far, we’ve gotten 1.5 inches of rain with more is on the way today (Sunday). That is fantastic !! We should have waterfalls this week.

I saw two Pileated Woodpeckers tearing apart a big log Friday, looking to ants and termites, and had my camera, so I got a few photos. They were so busy, I did not disturb them by watching from about 100 feet. The male and female both have large red tufts, the male has a red stripe on his cheek. The female has a brown forehead and a white stripped cheek. These are really large woodpeckers (crow sized) at least and very vocal at times; I have included 3 female photos and 2 male photos in the Friday group:

 

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