Friday, March 27, 2015

Pileated Woodpecker at Ponderosa State Park

In early August we went for a quick hike around Lily Marsh Trail in Ponderosa State Park. We’ve been here quite a bit before, and it’s always a favorite hike. The area is loaded with birds and the scenery is amazing.

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Ellen at Ponderosa State Park, Valley County. August 2, 2014.

The birding was a bit slow (typical for this time of the year) but we had a blast hiking around with our little girl, who was now 7 months old, and growing up fast everyday!

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Stoddard and Nora at Ponderosa State Park, Valley County. August 2, 2014.

Our best find on this hike was a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that were chasing each other around the woods near our spot on the trail. They’re such gregarious birds, it’s always a blast to watch those big noisy woodpeckers zipping around.

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Pileated Woodpecker at Ponderosa State Park, Valley County. August 2, 2014.

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Pileated Woodpecker at Ponderosa State Park, Valley County. August 2, 2014.

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Pileated Woodpecker at Ponderosa State Park, Valley County. August 2, 2014.

We also got a nice look at this female Western Tanager munching down on some berries.

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Western Tanager (female) at Ponderosa State Park, Valley County. August 2, 2014.

In total, we had 23 species in an hour and a half. Click here to check out our full checklist on eBird.

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