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This Pileated Woodpecker was pecking away at the trunk of one of the Live Oaks in my front yard on a bright morning back in June.  I had posted before about this same bird.  This young adult was hunting for insects, or was trying to explore a way to peck into the sawed-off stump where a limb had been.  These areas of the trees are sometimes used by the woodpeckers as a spot to cache foods, or even to enlarge into a cavity nest.

I think the wood was very tough and the bird not getting much to eat, moved on.  I am always happy to see woodpeckers!  I have seen the Pileated Woodpecker here twice in the past six months.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Woodpecker Wednesday, A Pileated Woodpecker" (10)

  1. They are such a huge and impressive bird to see! And of course they take astounding pictures!!!

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, the big handsome or beautiful woodpeckers are easier to take pictures of because they tend to remain in one spot a bit longer and seem less hyperactive than the smaller Downy’s or Red-bellied varieties. Have a fine day and a most pleasant day tomorrow!

  2. they are such cool birds! so uniquely built. so gorgeously colored with that flame red head! 🙂 and that laugh!

  3. That top-knot is just brilliant! Very pretty bird!

  4. Cool, I love your Pileated woodpeckers! It is a treat to come and see your Wednesday woodies. Great photos, have a happy evening!

    • Hi Eileen, Glad you like ’em. I used older pictures that I had not yet shown here because it has been really stormy out and no birds (except for a few crows here and there) around. I didn’t want to show squirrels at play yet again, so the Pileated fit the bill. Ha! Have a great Thursday tomorrow!

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