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Pileated Woodpecker

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This guy has been calling my backyard home lately. He's a big bugger and makes a ton of racket. He won't let me get close enough to him, to get a decent picture, so I took this one from about 150 yards using digital zoom.
post #2 of 17
You have a pileated? Lucky you!!!!
post #3 of 17
I haven't seen one of those since I lived in Michigan there were a pair of them that decided a nearby tree would look much better with a huge hole in the side of it.
Amazing birds and so large!
post #4 of 17
Very cool! I love wild birds. At my mom's old house there was one of those that pecked away in a tree behind the pond. Woke me up when I was trying to nap (not a very big pond).
post #5 of 17
That's very cool!! They are so rare and I've only seen one once in my life - was completely enthralled watching him.
post #6 of 17
How beautiful, I have never seen one of those before..
post #7 of 17
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I hear him calling again this morning. There seems to be another one in the woods behind my house, I can hear it pecking the trees. Maybe all his activity is to attract a mate. In the mean time he's kind of wreaking havoc on my trees.
I'm going to try to get a good profile shot of him today. He has an amazing head.
post #8 of 17
wow, thats just amazing, Iร‚ยดd never heard of that particular type of woodpecker before......how are the cats handling it
post #9 of 17
I once saw one at my Mom's house.

Betcha always wanted to wake up to the sound of rapid machine-gun fire, huh??? :-) Woodpeckers do make a lot of sound, for such a little bird!


MargeCat
post #10 of 17
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I once saw one at my Mom's house.

Betcha always wanted to wake up to the sound of rapid machine-gun fire, huh??? :-) Woodpeckers do make a lot of sound, for such a little bird!


MargeCat
Pileated woodpeckers are the largest of the woodpeckers. I think they are probably over a foot long - not the little ones that are so common all over the country.
post #11 of 17
Very Cool! We used to get alot of those around here but we quit feeding the birds because Quki kept ambushing them. One year a mom and baby hung around one of our suet feeders and we watched mom teach baby how to eat. It was real fascinating.
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wow, thats just amazing, Iร‚ยดd never heard of that particular type of woodpecker before......how are the cats handling it
They haven't even noticed him yet, even though he's been in the dogwood right next to our back porch. I shoo'd him out of that tree though, I don't want him poking holes all in it. The bengals seem to be more interested in the Robins that are hoping around on the ground.

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Pileated woodpeckers are the largest of the woodpeckers. I think they are probably over a foot long - not the little ones that are so common all over the country.
Yeah, this guy is huge! He has a very loud and distinctive song that he repeats often throughout the day. He really started going nuts when a couple of big turkey vultures were circling around. Maybe he/she has babies.
post #13 of 17
First time I saw one in person was up here in Minnesota! Was waiting for hubby to pick me up from the bus stop (in the country). One of them flew onto the telephone pole by the railroad tracks. Never seen such a huge woodpecker before! But I remember what they looked like from a bird book read long time ago.

Also when I first moved to MN, we had a sandhill crane visit in the pond in the cornfield - only saw him once, but was really cool to see one in person.
post #14 of 17
What a wonderful looking bird! We have smaller woodpeckers, two sorts, a green one and a red and black one. I am hopeless at names though.
post #15 of 17
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My new little friend did not co-operate today with pictures, since he was nowhere to be found. I heard him this morning, but this afternoon he was off ruining someone elses trees I guess.
Hope he comes back.
Last year we had an eagle that hung around for a week. He/she was picking off the baby squirels, which didn't sit well with me, but it's natures way and he/she certainly didn't get all of them. I was just amazed that there was an eagle in my backyard.
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Nial, you have to remember you do have those "wild" cats
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Nial, you have to remember you do have those "wild" cats
Yes indeed, maybe the fierce bengals scared him off.
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