Saw a young pileated this evening in the cavity described below, not quite yet sticking its neck out to explore the world. Did not wait around for a feeding. Looks like this is the week to start seeing some action. Beware the wood nettles covering the forest floor. Direction of hole favors morning light for photographers.
Asian > On May 23, 2014, at 10:17 AM, Suan Hsi Yong <suan.y...@gmail.com> wrote: > > For an incredible third consecutive year I've stumbled across a pileated > nesthole at the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve. The bird alerted me with its > squawking as I jogged past, looked at me nervously for a long moment before > popping into the hole. I did not hear baby noises, so I assume it is still > incubating. > > This nest is a longer walk from the parking lot than the last two years, > perhaps a mile in, but the hole is still conveniently visible from the trail. > Continue past the short stretch of narrow trail along the exposed water pipe > by the steep slope on the left into the next basin. When the trail forks, > take the left ("straight") trail. Soon this trail will take a slight dip next > to another short stretch of exposed water pipe. Before crossing this dip, > take note of the large dead tree on your left: this is the nest tree, and the > hole faces forward parallel to the trail. Continue walking across the dip to > the other side and turn around for a view. The hole is partway up the left > fork of the dead tree. It is relatively low and should make for good > viewing/photos, though it is under thick canopy. > > If anyone else checks out this nest, I would appreciate hearing updates on > any activities observed. > > Suan > > PS. Speaking of baby noises, they're starting to come out. On Giles St today > was a really loud trill of what I'm guessing (without binoculars) was a > junco-fostered cowbird, and downtown a fledgling house sparrow followed its > foraging father. Yesterday at Sapsucker Woods I heard some baby noises from a > cavity off the trail south of the Podell boardwalk. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --