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Female Pileated Woodpecker

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Wednesday April 10, 2013

Danville, VA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: About 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. Posting it so you can see the difference.

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9. WeatherWise
6:46 PM GMT on April 11, 2013
This is info: People who work with wood often were safety goggles and a mask to protect their eyes from flying debris and their lungs from dust. Woodpeckers have similar safety equipment and they don't have to remember to dig it out before starting a project. The nictitating membrane (a translucent eyelid that sweeps debris from the eye and keeps it moist, often referred to as the third eyelid) is thicker than other birds and automatically closes just prior to impact.
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8. WeatherWise
6:44 PM GMT on April 11, 2013
I first thought I had a poor shot of the eye but is not the case. I got a similar shot of the male today that led me to believe they had an eyelid. So did a search and found that this is a protective eyelid. So the female's eyelid had closed to protect it from the males flying woodchips as she looke on.
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7. gardner48197
2:08 AM GMT on April 11, 2013
Love it, you also got her, today!!! How exciting!!
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6. WeatherWise
11:27 PM GMT on April 10, 2013
This is one of the most detailed info sheets
I have found on the Pileated Woodpecker:
Breeding Biology of the Pileated Woodpecker—Management Implications
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rn474.pdf
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5. WeatherWise
11:06 PM GMT on April 10, 2013
Yes, Shaz4OR, it is quite exciting! That would
be super exciting1 Just afraid that as the
trees gather leaves my view may be blocked.
Hopefully not but there are younger under
growth trees all around this larger tree.
I don't know when they lay their eggs or
anything but hoping.
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4. Shaz4OR
10:58 PM GMT on April 10, 2013
YIPPEEEEEE! Now let's hope for a successful brood of babies. Loads more photo ops!
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3. WeatherWise
6:55 PM GMT on April 10, 2013
Yes, you have a male and perhaps the female is
close by as I had never seen the female until
today. Your photo is beautiful!
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2. Proserpina
6:53 PM GMT on April 10, 2013
I think I have the male. I see that there is an extra red spot under the beak area. What do you think?
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1. Proserpina
6:51 PM GMT on April 10, 2013
Hi, isn't it a great feeling to come across one of these beauties? Your picture came out really well. It so happens that I too had a visit from a Pileated Woodpecker but my photos are not as clear as I would like them.

I am posting it here to see if between the two of us, we have a male and a female.

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