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Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:47:31 -0700
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Still present around the Visitors Center and main campground at
Nerstrand Woods State Park are at least two, and probably 3 or 4
Red-headed Woodpeckers. One adult was feeding in the campground
center, on the same two trees where the birds have nested in prior
summers. An apparent youngster, with mixed red and brown feathers on
head and neck, was feeding in the picnic ground just north of the
visitors' center. The tree it favored is adjacent to the public
parking-lot drive, and has a lower limb with a bulge that contains a
nest-sized cavity, into which the bird disappeared for a brief time.
Across the picnic ground, in the trees north of the outhouses and
adjacent to the campground, is a tall stump with many cavities,
including a nest-sized one. A young red-head was feeding there as
well. This seemed to be a different one, based on the amount of red
plumage visible. There were some alarm calls exchanged by the birds,
especially when a loose dog was barking around the lot, and at that
point I heard at least 3 and possibly 4 voices, and saw one of the
birds in the trees on the west side of the parking lot.

Linda Whyte, with Laura Coble

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