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!