Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Second Favorite Bird

I am crazy about loons. I am a loon lover. But my second favorite bird is the Pileated Woodpecker. I've only seen three; the first when I was walking through the Bennington College campus one early morning during a grad school residency. I was amazed - the size, the red crest...

Today, Fray-monster and I took an early morning walk at Mile Round Woods, and just as I was kicking the mud off the stroller wheels, I heard - then spotted - a Pileated. Rapture, always.

(Picture sourced from Pileated Woodpecker Central. And one day I'm going to dork out entirely and become an ornithologist. Just not now.)

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