Two weeks ago, while doing some backcountry hiking, I came across a pile of feathers. They had a distinctive white inner 1/3, black outer 2/3. I realized it was a Pileated woodpecker! I searched around and soon found the two lower legs and feet, and and the head and shoulders. I have seen lots of "feather piles" in my 57 years of tromping thru the woods, but this is the first time I have ever seen the remains of a Pileated. About 1/2 mile further (but probably much closer as a bird flies), I found a pile of Ruffed Grouse feathers. I suspect there is a resident Barred Owl in the area.
On another note, last Tuesday I was in West Lebanon, NH just before dusk. There was a flock of Crows streaming from the White River area headed east. I got an estimate of the last 1/4 of the flock and came up with about 400 in that section alone. Has anyone had a chance to count the whole flock?
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