A Pileated Woodpecker Teaches Persistence

It was early afternoon and clouds were finally allowing some flirtation by the sun so we decided to do a hike at Battelle Derby Creek Metro Park. It wasn’t long after we started what was to be a six mile hike that the clouds again closed in and grew heavier through the remainder of the day. Not the most inspiring weather and certainly not the best for many types of photography.

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Big Darby Creek

 

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But we were hopeful because on quiet cloudy days one often see’s wildlife that normally would be in hiding. Today wasn’t going to be such a day as other than at the feeders near the start of our walk, and a few intrepid sparrows along the way, scanning the trees and brush for birds didn’t turn up much.

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House Finch, (Donna)

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White-breasted Nuthatch

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Tufted Titmouse

 

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Despite the lack of feathered friends we were treated to some interesting fungi made easier to spot by the scarcity of leaves this time of the year.

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Parchment Fungi, (Donna)

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Evening Primrose, (Donna)

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Some type of parchment Fungi

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Common Split Gill

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Pale Shield (Foliose) Lichen, (Donna)

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Jelly Ear Fungus, (Donna)

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Mushroom, (Donna)

 

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.   .   .   but yes I forgot, there were a few Canada Geese along the Dig Darby.

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Canada Geese along the Big Darby

 

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Now finally to the point of this post. Near the end of our walk the wind had picked up, it wasn’t getting any warmer, and I had packed my camera away when my wife, with parking lot and car in view, announced “Pileated Woodpecker!!”. With visions of a comfortable car seat and warmth I left her as she headed off into the woods in an effort to get a shot of the bird in the fading light. A few minutes later she retuned with arms raised in victory.

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Pileated Woodpecker, (Donna)

I don’t suppose there’s any need to discuss the moral of this story.

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PS: Recently I got an interesting shot of a Hooded Merganser with a fish. Not something I’d actually seen before.

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A male and female Hooded Merganser were spotted in Griggs Reservoir.

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. . . but close behind came this guy with a fish in his mouth. “Hey you guys, wait for me!”

 

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Thanks for looking in.

 

6 Comments on “A Pileated Woodpecker Teaches Persistence

  1. I’d call that a great day! Nice shots of the lichens and fungi, and of course the pileated woodpecker. Last time I saw one that close we played ring around the tree for about half an hour and I never did get a good shot of him.

  2. I haven’t seen anything like that jelly ear fungus. What a great collection of fungi, lichen and birds. I’d love to be able to capture such nice images on a walk. We don’t have any woodpeckers here that I know of so I’ve always been interested in these birds. I wonder how loud their “tapping” actually is.

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