[Tweeters] Pileated Woodpecker eating huckleberries

Robert O'Brien baro at pdx.edu
Thu Jun 21 13:37:22 PDT 2018


They also favor English Hawthorne berries around Portland, helping to
spread this non-native invasive tree, which appears to reproduce much more
abundantly than the native Douglas Hawthorne. They are much outnumbered by
Cedar Waxwings however..
Bob OBrien PDX

On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 11:12 PM, Anne O. <harelde at hotmail.com> wrote:


> I'd never seen a pileated woodpecker eat berries off a bush until today.

> This afternoon, I watched one of these birds fly down repeatedly into a red

> huckleberry bush in my backyard and pluck berries from it. The whole

> bush was swaying under the weight of the woodpecker as it perched

> precariously on the small branches. It was 89 degree F at the time and the

> bird was panting. Maybe it found the berries refreshing.

>

> Anne Outlaw (Monroe, WA)

>

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