Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pileated Feeding

You may be getting a little tired of my woodpeckers, but I'm not. This is another attempt to catch the mother (Big Momma) feeding her not-so-little female (Hannah). No matter how often I see them, I am awe-struck each time.

They fly to this particular tree each time. Hannah is the top bird.

Big Momma (right) returns from the suet feeder with breakfast for Hannah.

No! Don't feed her behind the tree again!

There is still more food.

Yes! Finally.

Little Hannah is moving her head rapidly, getting every last bit of food.
(And making the picture blurry.)

We feel so fortunate in having these marvelous birds visit us several times a day.


Cicero Sings said...

I am fascinated by these birds too. The male would come and feed at our suet feeder too, until I took it down for the summer. You have some great shots there!

Jayne said...

I can't tell you how much I LOVE seeing your Pileateds Carolyn! It's so rare for me to catch a sighting of one, even though I often hear the Kuk-kuk-kuk in the trees!

The Birdlady said...

Who could get tired of those beauties! They are so wonderful, and little Hannah is a beauty. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Don't stop! I love these photos. These are such special birds and I am excited every time you post a picture.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh, I am enjoying your pileated shots so much! Please don't stop posting!! I am so happy that you caught Mom feeding Hannah! GREAT SHOTS!!!

Ruth said...

I would never tire of pictures (or sightings) of these beautiful birds. These shots are terrific!!

Shelley said...

I love being able to see this - thank you!

Mary said...

Carolyn, this is wonderful! If I had Pileateds I'd be shouting to the sky! (I've never seen one.)

I love woodpeckers so much I think I've posted every photo I've taken (well, maybe 25% of them) :o)

We (I) never tire of your Mountain Musings. I wish I would have been here often during the last few weeks...thank you for your nice comments. Sometimes my train of thought doesn't have a caboose, either :o)


Anonymous said...

Those are great shots. I love Pileated Woodpeckers. Probably my favorite woodpecker.

troutbirder said...

I've never seen anthing like this. Just great. I think a pileated might have saved my house once. Came home to find a large pile of shavings next to a big cherry tree haning over the house. The pileated had discovered a large nest of carpenter ants and I had the tree removed.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

You are so lucky!
We see pileateds a lot in winter--less so in summer because it's so leafy in the woods.
I know they nest somewhere close--would love to see them like you do, ...someday.

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NCmountainwoman said...

Cicero - Thanks

Jayne - Glad you are enjoying them. Isn't it frustrating to hear a bird and ever catch a sight?

Helen - I also think there is something very endearing about Hannah.

Lynne - Glad you like them. I'll keep trying to get good shots. Hannah and Huey (whom we haven't seen for a frighteningly long time) will soon be coming to the feeders alone.

Kerri - You wouldn't believe how long I have sat on a low stool on the deck to get that picture.

Ruth - I never tire of them either.

Shelley - Thanks. They may not do as many things as your Loons, but I like them anyway.

Mary - I know you have had a rough time. Hope the worst is behind you and you can enjoy the summer. We've all been thinking of you.

Science guy - They surely are impressive.

Troutbirder - Glad the Pileated was of service.

Nina - It is indeed a treat to be able to see them. I don't know why we are so blessed. None of our neighbors can seem to attract them so close. They will come to the feeder even if we are on the deck (if we are on the other end). Watching them swoop through the air is breath-taking.

Delia - Thanks. And thanks for the phrase totally stuck in my mind, "I cannot brain today. I have the dumb."

stacie said...

hi...really enjoyed your pileated postings. i have a question i am wondering if you can help me with. all spring and summer we had a pair of pileateds visiting our suet feeders. we were just awestruck -- and even more so when they began bringing their juvenile female along and feeding her. we were amazed and honored. during the last few weeks, they began visiting our feeders less often -- despite the fact they were always kept filled. now -- they have disappeared entirely. we have not seen a single pileated for 7 days. the pesky, over-powering grackles also began appearing at about the same time the pileateds stopped visiting so i wondered if that had anything to do with it. we live in northern ohio right near a large metro park area and have a pond in the neighborhood surrounded by acres of old growth forest. perfect territory for them as far as i can tell. but wondered if and/or why they might have moved on and if they'll reappear as we move into winter. if you've experienced anything like this with your pileated friends, any advice you have would be so appreciated . thank you!

NCmountainwoman said...

Stacie - We don't have any birds that compete with the pileateds. We had a problem with crows for a while, but we solved that by moving the feeder so the crows couldn't jump onto it. We haven't had any grackles around.

We have gone as long as 7 days without seeing a pileated. I suspect it is most likely because we had less time to watch the feeder. They sometimes come very early in the morning.

Sorry I don't have an answer for you, but hope they will be back soon.