The third day of watching the Red-headed Woodpecker brings new insight. Sharp eyes and fast wings help the lone bird catch large insects on the wing, bringing them back to the street light pole for consumption. The bird’s flight through the air is quite manic and incredibly fast as it chases its aerial prey.
The second day of watching the Red-headed Woodpecker was marked by terrible lighting as winter clouds brought an unhelpful darkness to the neighborhood that made photography a challenge. On the other hand, the Woodpecker revealed he has a private drinking reservoir in this oak tree knothole filled with water from recent rains.
Years of hoping to find a Red-headed Woodpecker entailing searching remote pinewoods leading to a couple of long distance glimpses paid off in the strangest way when a friend pointed out that there was a Red-headed Woodpecker living practically downtown. I had my doubts but when I drove to its location I could easily see the bird before I had even parked! Sure enough, it’s an urban bird with a cavity in a rather ramshackle streetlight pole. Good enough for […]
A small group of Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) volunteers paid a Sunday visit to the Archbold Biological Station near the exotically named town of Venus that lies up along the Lake Wales Ridge that runs down central Florida. Established in 1941, the Station owns 8,840-acres of relict sandy dunes, scrub habitat, pine flatwoods, and a small lake. The Station’s stated goal is to research “population ecology and conservation biology, emphasizing ecological changes over local and regional scales, and demographic […]
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