The Pileated Woodpecker

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

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What a thrill to see a pileated woodpecker in the back garden.

a pileated woodpecker at craftygardener.ca

There she was at the base of the old dead tree drilling away in search of insects. A bit of research in the birding books told us this was a female.  On the male the red on the head goes all the way down to the beak.  Also the males have a red stripe to the side of the beak.

At other times she visited the feeders.  Here she is trying out a bird cake recipe that I make.

a pileated woodpecker at the bird cake at craftygardener.ca

 Homemade suet is quick and easy to make and once the birds get a taste of it they won’t want anything else.

a pileated woodpecker at craftygardener.ca

Here is a photo of the big woodpecker on one of the back trees, probably checking out the bark for bugs.

It enjoyed the old peanut feeder too.

a pileated woodpecker at craftygardener.ca

This is one of the largest woodpeckers, almost the size of a crow and is native to North America.  It can be seen in forested areas, and often heard before being seen.  It has a loud drumming sound as it pecks away at trees.

The woodpecker pecked away at the dead tree over several days and eventually the hole was so big that the tree fell down.

Nature never fails to amaze me.

At  ABC Wednesday it is time for P. P for pileated woodpecker.

I’m also sharing with  I’d Rather B Birdin’ and Saturday’s Critters

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Comments

  1. How fantastic to get pics of her! I have only seen them close enough for pics a few times in my life, so you had an awesome experience. 🙂

  2. The shape of their heads reminds me of the Pterodactyl. I’m impressed by these large woodpeckers too… incredibly loud calls. Great series of photos. I’ve only seen them a few times.

  3. WOW ! you lucky duck ! I have only seen one here once and that was years ago . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend and stay cozy its going to be a yucky one weather wise .

  4. Hello, awesome post on the Pileated woodpecker. You are lucky to see them at your feeders. They are one of my favorite woodies.
    Great collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  5. You got such fabulous photos. We see them here but it’s hard to get good photos. We always get so excited when we do see them! They are so big and have such a crazy call! Enjoy your week ahead!

  6. My favorite bird by far. I never cease to be amazed at their size. And I am entranced with their laughing type of call. Visiting from Saturday’s Critters.

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