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Big Big Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpeckers and Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers are the two largest of the woodpeckers that come to my yards on a regular basis.  The flicker is one of the only woodpeckers that often can be seen hunting on the ground for tasty grubs and worms.  I saw this flicker on my front lawn just after a heavy rain.  The female Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker does not have a black mustache mark on its face.

The Pileated Woodpecker has that bright red shock of feathers that make a top-knot crest on its head.  Both the genders of the Pileated Woodpecker are similar in looks.  The Pileated Woodpecker eats insects, nuts, seeds, berries and fruits.  The Pileated Woodpecker has been occasionally coming to my feeder to snack on the suet cakes.  This particular Pileated Woodpecker is quite shy and I have to be sneaky to get its picture.  I have to take the picture from my windows.   If that woodpecker hears me or sees me move, it flies off in a big hurry and does not return until much later in the day or the next morning.  As always, I am totally thrilled to see these big woodpeckers here.  I took these pictures from my front and back windows on July 11, 2011 and July 12, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Big Big Woodpeckers" (11)

  1. love the side shot of the piliated. always looks like one of those wooden tree ornaments people make for fake ones. 🙂

    • Hi Texwisgirl, That Pileated though shy, is coming around a lot. Yes, I do see what you mean about the bird looking like the wooden ornaments. Have an excellent day!

  2. We must have alot of both of those woodpeckers in our area these days. We have 3 regular Pileateds –and yesterday a Flicker visited our suet feeder…. Gorgeous birds. I’ll do a birds blog SOON.

  3. You have both of those species visit quite regularly, don’t you. Here, the flickers come around often and live just up the road a bit, but we seldom have a visit from the pileated ones.

    • Hi Montucky, I am again starting to see more of the woodpeckers here in the yard. I went though a short spell where the weather was stormy. We also have had a lot of boaters and swimmers out on the lake and that frightens the woodpeckers a bit. Glad you do see the Flickers and the Pileated at times. Have a wonderful day!

  4. I’m still waiting to see a pileated woodpecker. I do see the flickers on occasion. Very cool that you have both.

    • Hi Kateri, I just am wowed by all of the woodpeckers we have in the yard. Geography, climate, forest with lake and low level development are keys. Have a super evening!

  5. I love your woodies. It is cool that you see the Pileated at your feeders. Great photos.

  6. I saw an adult Pileated Woodpecker in my backyard the other day, in the sunshine, so beautifully marked, but wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t take my camera out with me that day and missed a golden opportunity. I did get a picture of a young bird in a neighbor’s tree. Their markings are wonderful. Really enjoyed these pictures.

    • Hi Rolling with Husky, Welcome! Glad you enjoy reading my blog. I try hard to have a mix of different birds and animals featured. I mostly post the shots I have taken in the yards and those pictures were taken in the days leading up to the posts. I do love the woodpeckers a lot! Thanks for visiting and I hope you will become a regular. Have a truly fine day!

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