Woodpeckers and fungus at Chesnut Park

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I took this with my 300mm lens. I would not get this close to a squirrel. You just never know. But, he is cute. You can see the reflection of the sky in his eye.

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Someone had been feeding the birds on the boardwalk. I think it’s the squirrels that eat more food than the birds.

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Interesting but creepy bug.

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Ever so slight sign of fall.

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It’s weird how the tree grew over the boardwalk. Although, is that really the tree or just fungus that attached to the tree and grew over the rail?

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Fungus was everywhere.

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This pileated woodpecker did not seem to mind me watching him. He probably knew I wasn’t going to climb over the boardwalk and slosh through the swamp.

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He was busy working on this hole.

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Then he popped into the hole and started digging wood out from the inside. I think maybe he was already working on a nest. I have to remember that spot for later.

This was early in December. It did not feel like Christmas at all. We had a warm spell and it was 82 degrees that first weekend. I’m really getting tired of dousing myself with Off. I still came home with 3 mosquito bites. There were a few migrating warblers at the park but not much else. The park was busy with joggers and walkers trying to make up for that Thanksgiving feast. I guess I was doing the same thing.

8 thoughts on “Woodpeckers and fungus at Chesnut Park

  1. wonderful series Dina… I saw two pileated woodpeckers having breakfast on a single tree one morning a couple weeks ago. That bunny is so sweet. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

  2. We were attacked by no-see-ems when we were at Ding Darling that same weekend ! Bugs. A small price to pay for not having cold feet, I think. Though it’s kind of nice to have it a bit cooler now. I also recently noticed when I enlarged my pics of squirrels that you can see reflections in their eyes. Your woodpecker is a beauty.

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