I came upon a dead yellow birch tree in the woods and found a freshly constructed hole high up in the trunk.
Whoever created the hole made a mess at the foot of the tree.
Oh, wait, what’s that? Hey, it’s a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus). A male by the size of the bird.
A few minutes later he showed me how all the wood chips got down on the ground as he continued to excavate the nesting cavity for his mate.
I never saw his mate but did hear her calling to him. Obviously, she was giving him directions as to the building of the nesting cavity. 😉 I hope to continue to photograph the pair throughout the Spring. Yes, we got some real Spring weather this weekend.