My daughter and I were treated to a visitation from a shy resident of our neighborhood, the Pileated Woodpecker. These woodpeckers are not fond of populated areas as a rule. They need old trees, with a mix of conifer and deciduous trees. Fortunately, we do have such a mix in the wooded lots that run through our area and across the highway are thousands of acres of woods. But it hasn’t been till just the past few years that we have actually seen them around the houses. It thrills me every time I see one of these gorgeous birds.
Please excuse the picture quality. They were taken in haste through a second story window screen. We’ve never had them this close to the house before and I know how skittish they are so we grabbed what we could.
If you’d like to learn more, or better yet, hear the sounds they make, go to Audubon.org. The calls are in the lower right hand corner. Just click and listen!