Was at the RHWO nest at May's Point on Wednesday and observed how the adult
woodpeckers coax the young to exit the cavity.  It seemed obvious that they
would be out of the nest in a day or so.  Most interesting was how the
adults would fly in and show some morsel to the chick, then move away to
draw the chick outside. I've put together a short set of photos that show
what was repeated multiple times that morning.  See it at:

http://birds-n-blooms.blogspot.com/

I believe you will find it worthwhile.

It has been a wonderful opportunity to observe this pair from excavating
the nest in May to now leading the young out for the nest stage in July.  I
wish them well in this dangerous next step.

Paul Schmitt

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