Pileated Woodpecker Mother and Child Bicycle Playing Cards
“Dryocopus pileatus Pileated Woodpecker Mother & Child” is the third in a series of images tracking the life of a young Pileated Woodpecker family living in a Beech-Maple forest of Southwestern Ontario.
After first discovering this feathered family in late May 2016, I made several trips at various times of day to observe their development. I noticed that over time their feeding pattern changed. Initially, the parents entered the nest to feed their young, but once the nestlings were strong enough to peer out of the entrance the parents no longer entered. They would still land in a nearby tree to first survey the area before arriving at the hole, but instead of entering, they would clinging to the outside of the tree using their tail as support. When I observed them on June 12th, a much abbreviated feeding was followed by the mother moving around to the side so that her infants had to strain to find her. By June 16th, the parents were no longer landing at the cavity entrance. They would call, to get the attention of their young, then land on the opposite side of the tree trunk, offering food only after a juvenile craned to receive it.
In this painting mother encourages her now very vocal youth out of the nest with tasty morsels.
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