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The Juvenile Pileated Woodpecker and the Grey Squirrel

Yesterday morning at around 6:45 AM, I heard the unmistakable call of the Pileated Woodpecker.  I poked my head outside and had a look and yes, there was an older juvenile Pileated Woodpecker in the old dead Oak next to the suet feeder.  The bird kept up its calling and I looked at the suet feeder.  Sure enough, there was a Grey Squirrel up on the feeder furtively snatching suet as fast as it could.  The bird looked terribly confused as to what to do about this unexpected intruder.  It just was very flustered.  It spread its big wings and made a great deal of noise.  I intervened and shooed the squirrel away.  The juvenile Pileated immediately flew the short distance over to the feeder and began to eat.  All was well.  I was glad to help out but the bird just will eventually manage on its own.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  No, I did not feel the VA based earthquake this afternoon.  One of my friends in MA, did, though.  – Wildlifewatcher


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