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Good news, bad news

Pileated Woodpeckers


The good news is that the nest I stumbled across has two chicks inside. The bad news is that one of the chicks has a fractured beak. The lower half has a split right along the midline. It hasn't slowed it down when it comes to feeding though. It is very aggressive when the parents land at the nest. The injured bird seems to be thriving for now, but I'm not sure how long a woodpecker with a broken beak can survive.

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Taken on June 8, 2011