|Lisa Culp Musgrave photographed this recently-returned, nesting pileated woodpecker at Deer Grove. |
It is now nesting season. Might they be nesting in Somme Woods too?
|For your amusement, I photographed the Somme pileated. With my cell phone!|
Can you see it? On the base of that log?
|Okay, here's the blow up of my cell photo. Not the best?|
But sure enough, there is a pileated woodpecker in Somme!
|Pileated woodpeckers eat mostly ants.|
Lisa's photo caught its tongue sticking into a hole the bird drilled for ants.
The sticky tongue fishes them out.
|A chicken-like marsh bird with huge feet, the sora nests in Somme every year.|
|The rarest bird that has adopted Somme is the red-headed woodpecker.|
Once common, their global numbers have been plummeting.
Two pair nested in Somme's open woods last summer.
They often show off near the end of the parking lot.
|Red-winged blackbird eggs in the woodpecker pond's marsh.|
|One last Lisa photo. The green heron eats Somme's large insects, frogs, |
and salamanders - not too many, we hope.
But good habitat provides more for all.