This gorgeous Pileated Woodpecker, one of the larger of the American woodpeckers, was first spotted hiding in a small Magnolia Tree near the ranch pasture where there is an older woodpecker colony. This is the same area where I have previously seen both the Red-headed and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. This is quite close to one of the entrance gates to the development where I live.
The Pileated Woodpecker shown here, spotted my husband and fled to the top of the nearby tall, wooden utility pole. The woodpecker seemed content to just perch there surveying my husband and I as we took pictures of it. After a couple of minutes, off it flew for the safety of the adjacent huge old Pine Trees. Pileated Woodpeckers love eating acorns, nuts, fruits, berries, and insects. There seems to be a lot of opportunities for hunting for both insects and acorns near where the woodpecker colony is located at. There also is a medium-sized pond about a quarter mile away from the area. So, the woodpeckers are happy and so am I! I took these pictures on an over-cast morning on Oct. 8, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!