Pileated Woodpecker exchange at the nest. the male arrives and the female explodes out of the hole past him.
then she flies off
to go feed
an he sits in the nest hole guarding the precious eggs, waiting for her to come back.
Pileated Woodpeckers are breeding now on Sanibel, FL. and we have seen several nests. The amazing thing is most of the Pileateds are in the same stage of breeding. They have just completed excavating their nest holes and are laying eggs, from 3-5. They will incubate for about 15 days and then the eggs will hatch. The young will then be fed in the nest for 28-32 days, then leave.
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