Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hairy Woodpecker

A few hours spent at the gravel pit in Parksville today were really worth it. There were lots of warblers around and I discovered a Hairy Woodpecker nest. The nest cavity was situated about 27ft up an old Red Alder snag. Both male and female were visiting the site about every 3-5minutes with food. The young inside were very vocal all the time I was there (45minutes). Occasionally the male would fly to another snag and drum, while the female drummed on the nest tree, right next to the cavity!

En-route home I stopped in at the Englishman River Estuary and watched a shorebird flock feed on the mudlats: Semipalmated Sandpiper, Dunlin, Western Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plover.

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