Kip’s Comments 3-14-15

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302992

 

Finally… I Have Pictures of the Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker!!

After so many trips to Cedar Falls to shoot pictures of the leucistic pileated woodpecker, without success, that I have lost count, I finally recorded images of the very uncommon bird. A small group of us waited quite a bit of time tonight, actually thinking maybe we would not see it. Then, without notice, the large and mostly gray woodpecker flew directly to the tree we were watching. He paused outside of the hole long enough for us to shoot a few pictures, and then he was gone. It was exciting to see a bird I have waited and watched for so long. I am hopeful that Bob and Linda also recorded pleasing images. And, a 9-year old with his mother and sister also experienced the moment. I hope your pictures are good too. It was great!   (Many THANKS to Tom S for sharing the location info!)     

For those wondering, leucistic birds have pale, lighter plumage instead of their normal darker coloration. While leucistic birds are not common, they do appear occasionally. In addition to the photos from today of the leucistic pileated woodpecker, I am going to include a photo of a typical pileated woodpecker for comparison.  

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker (final woodpecker image is a typical pileated woodpecker):  

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302975

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker – Image 302975

 

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302981

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker – Image 302981

 

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302997

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker – Image 302997

 

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302992

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker – Image 302992

 

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302990

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker – Image 302990

 

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302987

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker – Image 302987

 

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302986

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker – Image 302986

 

Pileated Woodpecker with Young at Nest - Image 122501

Pileated Woodpecker with Young at Nest – Image 122501

 

Today began great…Andy and I went paddling on the Cedar River. We were hoping to see many bald eagles, but only saw a few. We aren’t complaining, but were a bit surprised by the low number compared to how many were there yesterday.  

Bald Eagle:  

Bald Eagle - Image 302849

Bald Eagle – Image 302849 

 

Bald Eagle - Image 302844

Bald Eagle – Image 302844

 

During the kayak outing we were fortunate to see other birds.

Of interest was this red-shouldered hawk:    

Red-shouldered Hawk - Image 302929

Red-shouldered Hawk – Image 302929

 

We also saw the following waterfowl.  

Common Mergansers:    

Common Mergansers - Image 302909

Common Mergansers – Image 302909

 

Common Mergansers - Image 302907

Common Mergansers – Image 302907 

 

Scaup:    

Scaup - Image 302937

Scaup – Image 302937

 

Scaup - Image 302944

Scaup – Image 302944

 

Mallards:

Mallards - Image 302913

Mallards – Image 302913 

 

Mallards - Image 302921

Mallards – Image 302921 

 

Mallard - Image 302914

Mallard – Image 302914 

 

I thought Andy made for a great kayaking model!  

Andy Kayaking on the Cedar River:

Kayaking on Cedar River - Image 302955

Kayaking on Cedar River – Image 302955

 

Kayaking on Cedar River - Image 302951

Kayaking on Cedar River – Image 302951

 

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