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!