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Re: Plenty of pileateds
I wonder what effect the various hurricanes and ice storms in the last ten
years have had on populations of woodpeckers and other birds that depend on
dead or downed timber?
I vividly remember seeing a pileated early one beautiful summer morning at
West Point on the Eno, on the bank just upstream and opposite the mill.
First-time sighting. It later reminded me of what people have said about
seeing the ivory-bill - why it was called the "Lord God Bird." The pileated
evoked in me the same "Lord God" reaction. It practically made my hair
stand up on my neck! Although I had never thought of it that way, they are
very prehistoric-looking. Pelicans strike me the same way.
Southern Durham, NC
--On Thursday, April 17, 2003 3:50 PM +0000 Rob G <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mike S. wrote:
So, I guess my question is whether anybody else is noticing more
Pileateds than usual, or is this simply a matter of spending time where
the birds happen to be? Personally, I find the prehistoric looks of the
Pileated woodpecker make it visually stunning and oddly fascinating.
my impression(and Will could probably put numbers on this) is that both
spring and Xmas area bird counts have shown steadily increasing Pileated
nos. for the last decade (although this could always be an artifact of
more birders better covering more areas). Places I frequent were showing
increased nos. for about 8 yrs. and then the last couple yrs. seem way
down, hopefully just dumb luck on my part -- I'm amazed every spring at
the no. of strangers and nonbirders I run into who've had Pileateds in
their yards and feeders!!
And YES!, clearly the MOST STUNNING bird of the forest! : - )
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