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Birds bring signs, sounds of spring to Riverside State Park

A male pileated woodpecker darts through the forest at dusk, heading for his brood. The adult not incubating the eggs often roosts in a separate cavity in the same tree as its nest. Below, a male pileated woodpecker searches for insects – ants and beetles are favorites – on a decaying stump near his nest cavity.A male pileated woodpecker darts through the forest at dusk, heading for his brood. The adult not incubating the eggs often roosts in a separate cavity in the same tree as its nest. Below, a male pileated woodpecker searches for insects – ants and beetles are favorites – on a decaying stump near his nest cavity.
 (The Spokesman-Review)
A male pileated woodpecker darts through the forest at dusk, heading for his brood. The adult not incubating the eggs often roosts in a separate cavity in the same tree as its nest. Below, a male pileated woodpecker searches for insects – ants and beetles are favorites – on a decaying stump near his nest cavity.A male pileated woodpecker darts through the forest at dusk, heading for his brood. The adult not incubating the eggs often roosts in a separate cavity in the same tree as its nest. Below, a male pileated woodpecker searches for insects – ants and beetles are favorites – on a decaying stump near his nest cavity. (The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- During a local birding foray Wednesday, Spokane Auduboner Kim Thorburn reported hearing a canyon wren sing at Deep Creek in Riverside State Park. 

“The winter and Bewick's wrens have already been at it for a week or two,” she said. “I also saw a pileated woodpecker drumming on Pine Bluff in the Park.  Spring juices seem to be flowing.”




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