2022 Male Pileated Working on Nest Cavity

April 2022, this male Pileated Woodpecker has been hard at work constructing a nest cavity space for the nesting season. What a beautiful fella, this photo looked almost like a painting!

Male Pileated Woodpecker Working on Nest Cavity

This gorgeous fella has been working hard on this nest cavity over the past week or so, and we finally heard “tap tap tap” and caught him peeking out from the nest cavity while working hard on it. Enjoy a few clips we took of him peeking out, and also in another tree nearby.

Brown-Headed Nuthatch Nest Cavity Construction

This Brown-headed Nuthatch pair has been observed during the past month plus working on constructing a nest cavity in a Pine log fence post. The two frequently alternate, changing places between who is working on the cavity and who is keeping watch in the nearby Sweet Bay tree, and exchanges of feeding take place between the two (included in this video).

As a note: please pardon the initial shaking of the camera, as I finally got my tripod set up towards the end. While you will hear the calls of these birds, there are the sounds of other birds in the background, including our ducks and chickens.

Is this an egg?!

I’ve heard Red-Bellied Woodpeckers in this area often, do you think this is an egg?

Chickadees and Nuthatchs fighting over nesting cavity

Pygmy Nuthatchs found this nesting cavity first then Red-breasted Nuthatchs toke over then Black-capped Chickadees toke over.

Gila Woodpecker Family in Saguaro

Every year this saguaro gets used by (presumably) the same Gila Woodpecker family! Babies can be heard chattering away.

Carolina Chickadee Nest Box

A pair of Carolina Chickadees claimed the nest box I mounted on a laundry pole within 12 hours. It took them 5 days to begin building their nest. 15 days to complete their nest.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology