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A fairly young-looking Pileated Woodpecker has become a regular at my backyard lakeside bird feeder.  That particular bird feeder has a very appealing suet cake on the side of the birdseed hopper.  What is ironic is that the suet cake is pretty old.  Who can tell what is the draw for some birds to come to any one feeder.  The Pileated is among the largest of the North American woodpeckers.  This individual has been around here for about a month.  This woodpecker is now on the backyard trees and the suet feeder at least once a day and sometimes more often.  The woodpecker and I played a visual game of peek-a-boo when it discovered I was out on the balcony above the feeder and was watching with the large camera.  It patiently finished eating and then flew up to the nearby dead Oak Tree.  That Pileated Woodpecker walked up the trunk from one side to the other,  all the way to the top  of the tree.  Every few feet up the tree, the woodpecker would peek at me to check if I was still watching.  Once the Pileated Woodpecker got to the top of the tree, it looked at me and off it flew.  As far as I know, that bird lives a short way across the lake.  I think it loads up on insects for its young and eats suet for itself.  That is just a guess on my part though.  By the way, the suet has peanuts in it.  I am always happy to see the big noisy interesting and unique bird!  I took these pictures from my deck on April 10, 2011, and again on April 13, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "This Pileated Woodpecker Knows Where the Feeder is!" (8)

  1. GREAT shots of this big guy! I used to see these in Wisconsin as a kid, but I don’t get to see them here in Texas.

    • Hi Texwisgirl, Thanks so much! I do love the variety of woodpeckers we have here on the lake. I have been seeing this Pileated Woodpecker here every day now. Glad you remember the Pileateds. Have a super day!

  2. Those are great photos of him! What cute behavior, playing peek-a-boo with you! I’ve noticed that behavior more with woodpeckers than most other birds.

    • Hi Montucky, This one woodpecker has apparently become used to seeing people as it really was unflustered about me being out on the deck. Maybe it is curious? Who knows. I was happy to be able to take the pictures. Have a wonderful day today.

  3. What great pictures you got!! They are famous for going to the other side of the tree from where you are!

    • Hi Ginny, Thank you for the nice compliment! Yes the bird was interested in me and was peeking around the tree over and over. Have an excellent day tomorrow!

  4. You got some pretty impressive photos of that woodpecker. He is a beauty!

  5. So glad the Pileated found your feeder… They come to my suet feeder almost every day… What gorgeous birds.

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