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Pileated Bandit

Did you know that Pileated Woodpeckers like fresh apples?

pileated woodpecker eating apple
Pileated Woodpecker Steals Apples

Pileated woodpeckers are to apples like seals are to salmon!  They only eat what they want from one apple then moved to the next.  Maybe the bears and raccoons like what’s left over.  But I’d prefer a complete apple, not one that’s had a bite taken out of it….a little annoyed!

Birds on the Alsea River

Aside from a peek or two of mom with their babies, I haven’t seen the hooded mergansers since they disappeared to their nesting grounds in April.  It’s nice to see them back!  This male was with a female.  I guess our part of the Alsea is their feeding grounds.  I see he caught a small crawdad.

Male Hooded Merganser
Male Hooded Merganser

Osprey, Pileated Woodpeckers and Great Blue Herons were also scarce over the summer.  They, too are coming back to a favorite feeding spot.

Osprey in flight
Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Can you see the small burl on the opposite side of the tree from Woody?

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron looks more grey than blue.  But when he spreads his wings there is a wide band that is the same color as his head; which looks bluish to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

When I saw the weekly photo challenge was “horizon” I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find one from where we are living.  I looked up the word because I think of horizon as something very far off in the distance and flat.  The definition, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the line where the earth or sea seems to meet the sky”.

Alsea River Fog
32 degrees on the Alsea River

So, sitting in this narrow valley on the Alsea River makes the horizon a little higher than I’m used to thinking.

I like the idea of heightened horizons though!

Coastal Fog on the Alsea River
Lowered Horizon

Then the fog rolls in and lowers my horizon – but it’s only temporary.

Alsea River Horizon
Heightened Horizon

This is our normal heightened horizon on the Alsea River.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

As President Monson said, “It is better to look up!”  After the fog raised, as I was looking up at the horizon, I saw this pretty Pileated Woodpecker in our apple tree.  They are so large and their flight seems so clumsy.  But this is the first time one has stood still long enough for me to get a good photo.

Pileated Woodpecker Flying
Action shot of Pileated Woodpecker

Work and Play

We got some much-needed yard work done today!  The grass has been naturally watered for over a week and today the sunshine made it grow a foot in an hour – no really!

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I could hear a very loud knocking across the road.  I didn’t have to look long to see this big Pileated Woodpecker.  The tree sounds hollow 😦

Crawdad Trap Toss
Crawdad Trap Toss

Don finished the crawdad trap and tossed it in the Alsea River.  My mouth is already watering!

Red and Gray Moth
Red and Gray Moth

What’s the difference between a butterfly and a moth?

A friend just told me that this is the Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae), introduced in the NW from Europe as a biocontrol of a weed called tansy ragwort (which is toxic to cattle and horses).  I guess one could guess from the coloration that this an apsomatic warning to would-be predators of both the adult and the larva that it is toxic due to bad chemicals.  (Thanks John!)

Red and Gray Moth
Hand Shadow Chicken Beak

Don was playing hand-shadows with the moth.

Hhhhmmm – now how can I imitate that with a fly?  I bet those summer steelhead would like that!