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Missing My Babies!

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Thursday May 30, 2013

Danville, VA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Missing my pileated woodpecker babies - They are gone and I was not there to wave good-bye! Posting this photo on 6-3-13 - YOu can see that he was really ready to fledge even in this photo.

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33. WeatherWise
3:06 PM GMT on May 12, 2014
Sure have missed my fun with the Pileated Woodpeckers, this spring! My days with them was just about the most exciting photo ops every.
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32. WeatherWise
1:53 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Thank you, Becky! I posted this photo and dialogue in the comments section after this photo from May 30 on June the 4th - the day the pileated babies fledged and left the area cold turkey - I found out the real feeling of what empty nest syndrome meant - gone forever - not coming back no even for a visit. So mothers that say they are feeling empty nest as kids get grown and are even still living in the house, or off to college have it all wrong. Real empty nest means gone for good and never going to see them again. Thank goodness about that time my new bluebird house had tenants that were laying eggs and I started watching them only to be left with an empty box with no goodbyes again. So yes, empty nest means gone forever. I should move this to my blog area that I just started this New Years.
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31. Becky1
11:40 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
How I missed this chronicle this summer I do not know, but I have it in my favorites now! Wonderful story, thank you so much! The shutterfly book is a great idea.
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30. WeatherWise
1:59 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
Thanks, GardenGrrl! It is about the most
exciting photo experience I have ever had.
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29. GardenGrrl
1:39 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
Wow. That is so cool :)
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28. trailhiker44
2:36 PM GMT on June 09, 2013
Thank you, Shirley for having documented this exciting story of your woodpecker family !
Was a true joy to follow the developments and dramatic happenings !
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27. WeatherWise
8:37 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Thanks! The time just went too fast after
babies were hanging out of nest. Somehow
I was hoping that they would be like the
eagles and hang around for awhile. Nature
is so amazing!
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26. WurzelDave
5:49 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Great shot, like the timeline in comments.
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25. WeatherWise
3:21 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Quoting nanapoo:
Oh I love it! I think the book and article is a great idea :) Not many people get to experience what you did!

Thank you for your many encouraging comments and checking out each of my pileated woodpecker
shots daily! I will definitley put together the coffee table book and will think on submitting an article to a birding magazine
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24. nanapoo
3:17 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Oh I love it! I think the book and article is a great idea :) Not many people get to experience what you did!
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23. WeatherWise
1:43 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Thanks...perhaps I should at least make myself
a coffee table book with Shutterfly to share
with friends and family! And perhaps I should
submit an article to a bird magazine. I will
think on that.
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22. Biskitten
1:40 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Oh, what a wonderful story & series of shots - you should publish a book, Shirley!
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21. WeatherWise
1:40 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Quoting vicopper:
Truly a magnificent capture on this one, and indeed the whole series! I'd rate this an 11 if I could.

Thank you! Somehow it was important for me to
tell my whole story last night and end my story
and hope there will be another sequel next year
if they return.
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20. WeatherWise
1:36 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Quoting Proserpina:
Like all children, once grown, they fly away. Thank you so much for the journey your provided us.

Thanks, Maria! I always knew they would fly
and also knew I would miss the great photo
ops when they did!
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19. vicopper
6:00 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Truly a magnificent capture on this one, and indeed the whole series! I'd rate this an 11 if I could.
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18. WeatherWise
3:33 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
It was exciting, fun, and a bit of drama along the way with the fear that the hawk may have taken one of the babies. However, both babies were safe. I spent a lot of hours hanging out with them until I finally saw two babies again. I am sorry I did not actually get to see them fly and wave good0bye! However they were a good ways from my house in the woods! Can't expect to see everything. This is pretty much my pileated woodpecker story. Thank you for following my daily dialogue and moment by moment details of every move I saw while with them. I enjoyed sharing every photo I posted and loved your nice comments and questions! I think we all learned a lot along the way!
The Daddy stopped me to say proper good-byes though I did not know it would be the last day with them.
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17. WeatherWise
3:26 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
This Daddy did as much tending to these babies as Mom...it was definitely a team effort.
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16. WeatherWise
3:20 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Wednesday May 29, 2013 - The babies were growing fast and looked just like DAD - They were hanging out of nest, stretching and learning to make the pileated woodpecker call by Friday the 31. I knew it was just a matter of time before they fledged.
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15. WeatherWise
3:11 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
The babies had grown tremendously from Thursday to Sunday May 26, 2013. Decided to take late walk down to check on the pileated woodpeckers. Dad was there again tending babies and waiting for MOM. She finally came bringing food for babies. This is mom feeding babies.
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14. WeatherWise
3:02 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
They cared for the babies and kept them hid completely until Thursday May 23, 2013. We could see there were at least two babies! That was the first time they met the adult at the hole to feed - that I had witnessed! I only saw one but in looking at this photo, there are definitely two! YES, I was TRIPLE DOUBLE excited!
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13. WeatherWise
2:53 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
So I was out of town for a couple of weeks. Wednesday May 8, 2013 male pileated woodpecker is taking care of his family. Making really loud calls like KING of the JUNGLE(aka that would be woods). Definitely feeding either mom or babes or all - not sure as all are tucked out of sight for now.

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12. WeatherWise
2:46 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Thursday April 18, 2013 They are trading off turns setting on the eggs. The male doesn't usually show his face while setting on the eggs. However, evidently it was time for the change of duty and the female was not coming in soon enough. He could see her in the trees way above in the forest but she was not coming home yet. This was 7:30 pm
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11. WeatherWise
2:40 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
By Tuesday April 16, 2013 I think the female is laying eggs. She was in the nest on my morning walk and on my late evening walk with the male watching ernestly from the outside. I was hoping for eggs - if so think they hatch in about 14 days.

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10. CountryDreaming
2:36 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
So sweet!
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9. WeatherWise
2:34 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
It was that same day, Wednesday April 10, 2013, that I had a few seconds with the female - the male was inside the new home still working when she flew over. She was spooked by loud planking noise from somewhere in woods. I posted it so you could see the difference.
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8. WeatherWise
2:29 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
I did not find him there again until Wednesday April 10, 2013. Busy guy in and out in and out I was there when he got it big enough to get inside to work and then it was just his head and neck in and out.
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7. WeatherWise
2:23 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Every day for two weeks I had returned to ths spot to look for my pileated woodpecker with no luck. Saturday March 30, 2013 I was shocked when I returned to look for him as there he was! Working away on that nest and did not seem to mind me being there at all.
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6. WeatherWise
2:14 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
On Saturday March 16, 2013 I spotted him
pecking and working on his new nest. There
he was just working away and did not seem
to mind me being there one bit!
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5. WeatherWise
2:08 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
I saw him again on Monday November 19, 2012.
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4. WeatherWise
2:05 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Next time I spotted him was Thursday October 18, 2012.
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3. WeatherWise
2:01 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
The next time I saw him was not until Friday July 20, 2012.
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2. Proserpina
2:00 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Like all children, once grown, they fly away. Thank you so much for the journey your provided us.
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1. WeatherWise
1:56 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
The first time I ever say this guy was Sunday February 14, 2010.
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