A family of three Pileated Woodpeckers actually came to the backyard trees yesterday, but the parent birds flew away just as soon as they heard the door open. The juvenile Pileated looks like a three-quarter-sized adult with a slightly thinner and smaller red top-knot “Mohawk” crest on its head. I actually saw one of the parent birds feed this juvenile some of the suet I have in the backyard feeder. I could not get a picture of the event because my big lens was not focusing correctly (on automatic setting with moving, busy background and rainy day weather). The suet feeder is especially designed for use by woodpeckers. I also have a peanut and fruit flavored suet in that feeder at the moment. Insect eating birds really seem to go for this particular suet flavor.
The Juvenile and at least one of the parent birds (genders look-alike) came twice yesterday. I think that because the Thirteen Year Brood of Cicada have emerged in recent days, the population of woodpeckers and most insect-eating birds has become concentrated in my area. Yesterday I saw a Red-bellied, a Red-headed, two Hairy, and the three Pileated Woodpeckers! Imagine! But then, it was a rainy day so that may also account for the big convention. Just kidding but I did see all of these here at various times during the day.