Pileated Woodpecker 002
Pileated woodpeckers never use the same nest twice. They completely construct a new one every year. Other critters such as owls, flying squirrels and ducks will use the old nests for their homes making the pileated an important link in the lives of other animals.
We have a new nest being built in an aspen tree behind our house. The male has been working all week on it. It takes many hours to chip out enough wood to finish the cavity. The inside of the cavity is about 10 inches across and 18 inches deep. The ground below is covered with the wood chips.