Pileated Woodpecker Building a Nest
PICIFORMES. PICIDAE. Dryocopus pileatus. Pileated Woodpecker, Male, carving out a nest cavity. Natural Area Teaching Lab, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. 2013.
I wish I could have gotten closer, but the woodpecker was high up in the top of the dead pine tree. I found it by following the deep tapping sound and the calls from the female who was on another tree nearby. After watching for a while I saw the woodpecker climb in and out of the large hole. He would go inside and tap for a bit, then would poke his head out and spew a mouthful of sawdust. If you look closely you can see the bits of wood in the air. I plan to watch this nest for the next few weeks and maybe even see chicks!