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 


> On May 23, 2014, at 10:17 AM, Suan Hsi Yong <> 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.


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