This morning at around 9:30 AM was pretty well the pinnacle of my 1 year of birding. Species #175... A nesting family of Pileated Woodpeckers! Two babies, and both parents were hanging around. The colour, the essence of this bird is breathtaking. Seeing this bird for the first time in my life was easily worth the hassle of driving to see it.
I can't write for long, but one thing I would like to mention is... how annoying photographers can be. Two showed up after I had been waiting for 40 minutes to see the parents return to the babies. They pull out speakers, Ipods, and start blaring Pilleated calls. I told them... guys, there is a nest here... no need. The parents need to feed babies, not pose on a tree stump for you. ... I guess their $15,000 investment gives them the moral authority to break basic birding etiquette. I left as soon as I could at that point. I also told them to not use flash, as the birds were 50m from us, but they said "don't worry, we've been doing this along time".
Other birds I saw include (I was only there for 1 hour):
Pilleated Woodpecker (lifer)
Rose Breasted Grosbeck
Great Crested Flycatcher
**Eastern Wood Peewee (wet from jumping in the water)