Cavity dwellers.

downy woodpecker pileated woodpecker red-bellied woodpecker

The woodpeckers (and other cavity dwellers) have been very active.

My Red-headed Woodpecker nested and has now been gone for a few weeks. And what moves into it's nesting hole? The Pileated Woodpecker, our grandest woodpecker around. A pair has been working diligently on the hole, making it larger and cleaning it out.

The Brown-headed Nuthatches nesting in another old pine are NOT pleased. They have been chasing the Pileated Woodpeckers away, which is pretty funny because the Brown-headed Nuthatch is super tiny in comparison!

The Brown-headed Nuthatch does not mind the Red-bellied Woodpecker though. They are nesting in the same tree. The Red-bellied are at the top and the Nuthatches are near the bottom. The Nuthatches are too small and quick to photograph, but the Red-bellied are easy to observe and so cute!

There is also a pair of Great Crested Flycatcher's back there, I don't know if they have a nest yet, I think maybe all the cavities are already taken! This Downy Woodpecker decided not to be a part of all that action, and has been hanging out on the other side of the woods...

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