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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!


Comments on: "Woodpecker Wednesday: A Pole Sitting Pileated" (12)

  1. love these fabulous birds!

    • Hi Theresa, I am wild about any and all woodpeckers, but these are so glamorous or handsome that they just demand to be seen. Have an outstanding Thursday tomorrow!

  2. Yikes, I have NEVER seen this kind of behavior in a Pileated! What an interesting story! Around here, they do not sit and look at anyone. They hide the minute they see you, and are famous for going around to the other side of trees and poles.

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, this is unusual behavior from the Pileated. I suspect that the bird was raiding food cached by the Red-headed Woodpeckers that also live in that colony of about six decayed old Pine Trees. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. Thanks for the great comment!

  3. Wonderful shots of the Pileated! They are one of my favorites. Have a great evening!

    • Hi Eileen, Thank you! I was overjoyed when I saw the Pileated. I first heard it (thought it was a Flicker at first but soon realized its true identity). Have a super good day tomorrow!

  4. That guy seemed to be posing for a photo shoot! Cool pictures of a beautiful bird!

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks! Yes, it kept still and observed us observing it. We turned our back and off it flew to the nearby Pine. Smart bird. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  5. Don’t you just love the Pileated Woodpeckers? I have ONE that comes to our suet feeder a couple of times each day… He squawks before coming –so that we’ll know he is coming!!!!!! But–he doesn’t seem to scare any of the smaller birds away.


  6. Beautiful woodpecker. This is one that will probably never come here; we do not have enough dead trees and live in the open. We’ve had all of Iowa’s other Woodpeckers, so we are blessed.

    • Hi Birding Bunch, Thanks for the great comment! Yes, I think your are right (and you do know a lot more about birds than I). Glad you happily have woodpeckers around. They are great birds! Have a fabulous day!

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