For some weeks now, at 4pm every day (within 5 minutes or so), two male Pileated Woodpeckers arrive and loudly announce their presence from our neighbor's tree. Sometimes they fly over to the box-elder next to our house to our suet feeder..
Today Gin and I went for a walk down Dodge Rd and on the way back encountered the two down near the spruce woods at about 3:45pm. I said, "let's watch, they will be at our house when we get back there." Sure enough, at 4:01pm we got to our back yard to loud "Wuk,wuk,....." cries from next door. One flew back across Ellis Hollow Rd but the other stayed on the tree. This is a daily ritual by which I can tell the time within 5 minutes. Later in March the two will come and chase each other around our yard, sometimes displaying up and down parallel trees. This has been going on for many years. Here is a quote from my email to Cayugabirds-L on March 20, 2008: "As I worked at my desk at home, a few minutes ago first one and then another brilliant Pileated woodpecker flew in to a spruce trunk just outside my window. One brilliant scarlet crest was fully raised. I think both were males. Before I could get my camera they began a dance around the trees and then flew from tree to tree all around the house, west to north to east and finally around to the backyard (south) again, before flying off. All this was at upstairs window height, fully displaying their awesome shapes as they flew around while we watched. " Here is another excerpt from March 9, 2013: "A few minutes ago, as we were having lunch, two gorgeous male Pileated Woodpeckers flew down just outside our window, one low on the box-elder the other low on a black locust nearby. I think they were sizing up each other, in an annual Spring ritual in our yard. In my bird archives I see that last year they appeared on Feb. 12, and in 2011 on March 20, when they chased each other repeatedly all around our yard." It's tempting to believe these are the same two every year, but who knows ..... Nari & Gin Mistry Ellis Hollow Rd. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/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/ --