While in Nashville last week, I had some really nice looks at a female Pileated Woodpecker will walking in Radnor Lake State Park.
I got fairly close to the woodpecker, probably closer than I've ever been before. She wasn't as spooky as other pileateds I've seen, maybe because she resides in a popular state park with lots of humans around.
I was able to get some images from relatively close. And when I looked at them on my computer, I found this one with a good look at her tongue deep in a hole in the tree.
Like most woodpeckers, a pileated’s tongue is long, but shorter than some other woodpeckers. The tip of the tongue is barbed to help extract insect prey found deep in holes, like this woodpecker is doing. The hole was very small, not much bigger than her tongue, from the looks of it.
Stay tuned! I'll be sharing more pictures from Nashville soon.