We haven’t updated you recently on the prospects of Uno, the red-cockaded woodpecker hatchling at our Disney Wilderness Preserve that we showed you video of a few weeks back, looking all transparent and gross (and precious and beautiful, too, because all life is beautiful, of course).
Well, Uno’s growing up fast and looking a lot better — and the story has grown. Not only is Uno big enough to be identified as probably a girl (see video above), but there are now four active RCW nests at Disney Wilderness — with the first red-cockaded woodpeckers to hatch in this part of Florida in almost four decades.
The prospects for the hatchlings have been pronounced “greatly improved” now that 13 inches of rain fell in May in some areas of central Florida — meaning that the wetlands are full and the supply of bugs (which the RCW parents feed to their kids) is exploding. See below for video of two of the hatchlings being banded on May 20th — and follow the latest from the nests on our reality blog “Knock on Wood” and the Twitter account of @ForrestRCW, one of the woodpecker adults.