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Old Apr 23, 2007, 5:55 PM   #1
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Here's a series of a pileated woodpecker that I took earlier this winter. You'll be able to see the damage these birds cause when they drill into trees in search of wood boring larvae. These holes were made the same day. Some people mentioned that they don't see this bird in their area so here's a close up. You'll note how this bird - as do all woodpeckers - uses its tail to counterbalance itself as it grips the side of the tree. Here they are:
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 5:57 PM   #2
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same bird
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Old Apr 23, 2007, 5:59 PM   #5
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and a close up of it digging in and rooting around with its tongue for grubs. CHeers, Dan
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Great series Dan.....I don't believe I have ever seen these in Kansas or anywhere before. We have lots of the Red Headed version.

Thanks for sharing. It was a lesson for me.

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Those are very nice, we have them around here but they are hard to get close to.

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