Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Red-bellied Woodpecker Excavating Nest Cavity

Posted by Kirk
This female Red-bellied Woodpecker and her mate have been taking turns excavating a new nest cavity out at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center. They started a few days ago and are making really good progress. Today the male was excavating for a while and then we saw the female come back. She landed outside the hole and did a few quick taps on the tree. This was a signal to the male who then came out and flew off. She took over where he left off. Here she is in some video throwing the bits of wood shavings out of the cavity.

A couple of other quick updates, no eggs in the phoebe nest yet, they were bringing in fresh nesting material such as moss all day though so they are for sure going to use this nest again. I'll put up the feed as soon as we see eggs. I'm also heading out tonight for the Bird and Beers which is on the road this month looking for Woodcocks. I'm bringing some night-vision video equipment so if I get any decent footage I'll be sure to post it.