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I was visiting a large private lake that is located a few miles from my new home and took a few pictures of this Pileated Woodpecker.  The big woodpecker was pecking on the trunk bark of a large Oak tree.  I was pretty far away from the big bird and shot these pictures from my car.  I don’t own any property in the development where this lake is located so had to stay on the public street to get the photographs taken.  Please excuse the low quality of these pictures.

Pileated Woodpeckers eat insects as well as many types of nuts and seeds.  The Pileated Woodpecker is a stout black, white and red bird with a thick pointed bill and a bright red crest of feathers on its head.  The Pileated Woodpeckers live in hollowed out tree trunks or hollowed spaces in larger branches of hardwood trees.  The big birds have a shrill siren-like call, that is much like that of a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker call.  I am always happy to see the Pileated Woodpeckers!  I took these pictures on December 1, 2011 in the afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Pileated Woodpecker at the Big Lake" (8)

  1. i love how they just hang there on the side. no wonder folks make the wooden decoy ones for their trees. 🙂

  2. Hi Linda, Great pictures of that Pileated Woodpecker… As you know, we have alot around here, but haven’t seen many lately… Guess they are busy making their winter homes…

    How do you like your new home? Are you close to Tansi? We only drove down in that area once —about 2003 or so… Don’t remember much about it.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

  3. These are good pictures for being so far away! I have seen several real ones, but never heard them make any noise, that must be impressive!

  4. Cool sighting, they are my favorite woodie. Great post and photos.

    • Hi Eileen, Many thanks! I so enjoy seeing the Pileated Woodpeckers and really, any and all woodpeckers! So glad you also like these big birds. Have an excellent coming week!

  5. You are fortunate to be able to see them. We had one visit two summers ago, but he didn’t stay around for more than a few days.

  6. What a beautiful woodpecker. I hope to get to see more of them someday, so I am glad to see you posting these birds.

  7. I live in upstate NY and have a Pileated woodpecker that visits quite often. I also have other woodpeckers that come daily. I just discovered a hollowed out section of a tree on my property. I am waiting to see if it belongs to the Pileated woodpecker. How can I send you some pictures?

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