For the last three years I've been following a pair of Pileated WPs at Kensington. Last year I found their nest hole but it was probably about 60 feet up and as soon as the leaves came on the trees it was not to be seen again. This year I followed one to a hole in early March and saw they were checking it out, but so were a Hairy and a Red-belly. Well a week later I caught the Pileated enlarging the hole and sure enough they are using it. I've been checking on them about 3 to 4 times a week since March in hopes of getting a photo of them feeding the babies. Well, like all good things, I was not the only one to find this nest hole and word quickly spread. When you go now to photograph, you almost need a reservation to get a spot
Everyone should be getting some good photos. There are three chicks in the nest hole, but usually only two stick their heads out at a time, tonight however, at one feeding all three were showing. I was concentrating on them so much I didn't realize the parent had moved back to where the back of the head was out of frame a bit, when I corrected for it the third chick had ducked back into the hole. Hopefully it will happen again, but if not this will have to do.
Everyone enjoy the rest of the week,