[Tweeters] Pileated on blue elderberries

Diane Yorgason-Quinn avosetta at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 21 11:10:12 PDT 2018

Love these stories. In early September I regularly get multiple Pileateds (family group?) on my Pacific Dogwood buttons (berries). As Christine says, they are comical to watch, and I wonder whether those buttons have turned to bird wine. They are very noisy, so even if I'm in the house I'll know they're out there. Flickers will come when the Pileateds aren't there.

Diane Yorgason-Quinn

Wauna, WA

Avosetta at hotmail.com

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Subject: [Tweeters] Pileated on blue elderberries

Last year (these berries aren’t ripe yet this year), I had a first year Pileated (PIWO) eating Blue Elderberries.

The berries are far out on the slender limbs of the blue elderberry, so it was rather comical to watch, with loud flapping and rustling, as the PIWO would fly to the berries, try to land, and beat his wings while he attempted to eat a berry or two.

He let out a couple of squawks—I thought in frustration, but he kept coming back four or five times, so he must have been successful some of the time.

Christine Southwick
N Seattle/Shoreline

clsouthwick at q.com

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