Pileated Woodpecker At Work

A loud rat-a-tat-a-tat drew our attention to a Pileated Woodpecker excavating a tree along Rt 376:

Pileated woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpeckers sculpt their holes with great care, often inspecting their work for smoothness and, perhaps, lunch:

Pileated woodpecker - exploring hole
Pileated woodpecker – exploring hole

Those holes go deep enough inside the tree to serve as shelters for smaller birds during storms.

We occasionally see and hear them, as well as their smaller relatives, remodeling trees around the house. Good hunting!

Taken with the Pixel XL zoomed all the way tight, cropped and sharpened a smidge.

  1. #1 by Keith Ward on 2019-03-24 - 15:16

    Always nice to see these, they can be quite shy.

    • #2 by Ed on 2019-03-27 - 09:11

      One day, that ornate head will peer around a window frame into the house, after carving a slot into the siding, and ask for a bigger suet feeder!