Before dawn this morning, I rolled out of bed and managed to do the dishes, wash up and hit the road for the Wacissa in an hour. I was on the river before eight AM, a record for me on a Saturday. It was cold and overcast until after ten AM, but I found the birds!
This pileated woodpecker was excavating a nesting cavity and he stayed at it for more than a half hour while I snapped dozens of photos! He was near Blue Spring in a place I'll return to in a few weeks to see the nesting.