Saturday, March 17, 2012

SBL Nature Trail

Pileated Woodpeckers. In the last picture they were both checking out a Bradford Pear tree as a place to perform their springtime tree dance. Both these birds are females (males have a red forehead which extends from crest to beak as well as a red "moustache" at the base of the beak under the eye.)

From 2009: old pictures I took of the girls performing the tree dance are HERE

Unfortunately, this time, when they jumped up on the tree to do their slutty tree dance I moved to get a better view and apparently scared them off and they flew away into the woods. I'm not sure why they do the tree dance. Some kind of secret pileated woodpecker girls gone wild fertility ritual I suppose. Or something. Whatever it is I'm pretty sure Rick Santorum would'nt like any of it.