Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pileated Woodpecker

Sometimes we get a special bird to visit our backyard here in Paducah. On Friday, Wayne caught this Pileated Woodpecker on the tree next to our bird feeders. The clothelines are in the way, but you can see what a large bird this is. Wayne shot the photo through our sliding glass door so he wouldn't disturb it.
One other time I saw a Pileated Woodpecker in the tree by the driveway - he got my attention because he was pecking away at the tree and making a lot of noise doing it.
The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. Their bright red pointed crest makes them very distinguishable.

1 comment:

  1. We saw a pileated woodpecker here in Ohio several years ago and not again until this winter. They are always out in the edge of the woods and just out of photo range.
    It sure is hard to miss the sound when they start pecking at a tree.