In spite of our very cold snowy weather, we have had a couple of visits by Pileated and Hairy Woodpeckers. The big Pileated Woodpecker that lives across the lake, occasionally cruises by for a tasty snack or meal in the Oaks here. I took the pictures on 12/13/10 during a light snow. It was 11 degrees out when I took the photographs. The Pileated Woodpecker tried hard to grab some suet at the bird feeder but was too large and kept falling off. This feeder hangs from a shepherd’s hook and the top was snowy. The Woodpecker flew over to the nearby standing dead Oak tree and pecked away on the decaying bark.
The little Hairy Woodpecker also visited the backyard on 12/13/10. It was way up on one of the many Oak trees. I managed to get about four pictures before it flew away. The Hairy Woodpecker is quite similar to the Downy Woodpecker in looks but is a bit larger and has a thicker shorter bill. I could not tell if this was a male or female as I was not able to see the back of its head. I was happy to have this “Mini Woodpecker Convention” here once again! Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!