Do you want the good news or the bad news first in the saga of the newly hatched red-cockaded woodpeckers on our Florida Disney Wilderness Preserve?
OK, the bad news: Of the four hatchlings we featured in the last nest video, three have died.
The good news? The remaining hatchling in that nest is doing well, and even got banded today. (We’ll have video of that Monday, we hope.) Also, hatchlings in other nests also seem to be growing in that inch-a-day way that baby birds seem to do.
For now, enjoy this latest peek at Uno, the only child of red-cockaded woodpeckers “George” and “Gracie” — and marvel (as we are here at Cool Green Science) that fragile-seeming, almost transparent baby birds like this survive at all.