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"Pileated Woodpecker Responds to Owl Tape [Notes]," in Nebraska Bird Review (September 1991) 59(3): 98-99. Copyright 1991, Nebraska Ornithological Union. Used by permission.


Suspecting the Pileated Woodpecker (Drycopos pileatus) first reported in fall 1990 might still be present, I spent much of a late March visit to Nebraska in Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy County, looking and listening for the bird without success. Late on the morning of March 26, 1991, Tanya Bray, Babs Padelford, and I wele at the mouth of Handsome Hollow in Fontenelle Forest, the site of the most recent observations. Seeing and hearing nothing we played the recorded song of Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio), hoping to attract passerines. Within seconds, a female Pileated Woodpecker flew silently from the floodplain forest and landed on the trunk of a small tree very near us; for nearly twenty minutes the bird remained in sight, sunning and preening.