Benson State Park

A woodpecker walks into a bar and asks: “Is the bar tender here?”

Hah! The inspiration to find that joke came from an incidental bird sighting on Monday. Along with a team of 30+ people volunteering for the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership I spent the morning at Benson State Park in the Columbia Gorge planting ninebark, snowberry, and salmonberry along Wahkeena Creek to improve salmon habitat.

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Not specifically intending to bird that day, after planting I heard a fast wuk wuk wuk call that sounded very woodpecker-like and I thought, maybe a Northern Flicker? But no, this bird was bigger, and had a very distinctly shaped head. I couldn’t help but investigate further. It was a nice surprise when I finally got a good look at the Pileated Woodpecker! This striking bird is the largest woodpecker in North America.

 

I even took a short video:


 
Maybe the sighting wasn’t so incidental after all, as the saying goes:

“I don’t go birdwatching, I AM birdwatching.”

Tweets and chirps,

Audrey

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