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Bob Vuxinic

Crossville, TN, United States

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I captured some cute shots of fledgling Pileated Woodpeckers. The mother was at my feeder, eating, but her three young offspring couldn’t quite grasp how to land on the feeder. They can fly alright, but have not yet mastered the slowing down and landing parts so well, and tend of overshoot everything they aim at.
The first, a young male, landed on my porch bannister; one young female at least made it to the feeder pole, but missed the feeder and slid down the pole to the squirrel baffle; and the third, another young female, landed on my porch railing where I got the close-up.
They sure are silly looking when they are young, but I’m really pleased to see them; it’s the first time I’ve ever seen Pileateds this young.

Pileated Woodpecker Mom And Three Youngsters

Adult female Pileated Woodpecker at the suet cake

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