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!