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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pileated Woodpecker


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According to the Audubon Guide to North American Birds:

The Pileated Woodpecker is a big, dashing bird with a flaming crest, the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct). Excavating deep into rotten wood to get at the nests of carpenter ants, the Pileated leaves characteristic rectangular holes in dead trees. This species became rare in eastern North America with clearing of forests in centuries past, but has gradually increased in numbers again since about the beginning of the 20th century. Where unmolested, it even lives in parks and woodlots around the edges of large cities.

This wonderful Woodpecker was in my backyard just about ten feet from the house pecking on this tree stump. I took several photos of it from two different windows and this was one of the better ones that I go with its head turned so that we could get a good likeness of it. And, yeah, it was big, about the size of a large Crow.

We have seen it around the neighborhood a few times and I am hoping that it will come back again so that I can get some more photos of it. Actually feel quite blessed that I was able to get this photograph as it still is rare in neighborhoods like mine...