Thursday, January 12, 2023

Pileated Woodpeckers In My Backyard!

I live in a suburban neighborhood but I do have a nice patch of trees in the backyard. We've had a few nice surprise birds like bluebirds, owls, and now Pileated Woodpeckers. It would be nice if they nested here. This male was digging out a good-sized hole, so maybe. You can tell a male because they have a red moustache and the red feathers extend to the entire top of the head. The female has a grayish-black forecrown with no moustache.


L. D. said...

It is a wonderful bird to see. I had friends in Minnesota that spent their summers looking for them in the woods.

Val Ewing said...

I live in a very wooded area with acres and acres of forest. Last year a pair of these nested somewhere in the forest and visited our dead pines quite a bit.

It is fun to watch them fly through the woods and call out!

Michelle said...

I live out in the country and had one show up at a feeder a couple of years ago. I knew they were big, but wow! It hasn't been back, at least when I am looking.