The Presence of a Pileated

I knew there was a Pileated Woodpecker in the area, as I’ve been hearing it’s call (which sounds a bit like maniacal laughter) for the last several weeks. Then yesterday, a pair blessed me with their presence in the backyard.

The female flew to the backside of the tree when I came out with my camera, but the male – identified by his red mustache and full red head crown – investigated the dead branches on the large Oak that stands at the back edge of the yard.

This fascinating, rather prehistoric looking bird, can break some serious chunks of bark with that beak of his.

Getting to grab a few moments with this fellow was a sweet way to officially kick off the summer season.

Here’s hoping that this duo makes many more repeat appearances!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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9 Responses to The Presence of a Pileated

  1. David says:

    Fantastic birds! A real solid woodpecker. I’ve found them a little difficult to photograph. Congrats on the shots – I hope you have a chance to get many more.

  2. Lucky you! I love the sound of their drumming (hammering?!), too.

  3. Jill Kuhn says:

    I’ve seen these woodpeckers at the lake in Northern Idaho. They move rather quickly… love their red heads! ❤️ Great photos, Kathy!

  4. Mags says:

    Amazing shots of the beautiful Pileated Woodpecker. Hugs

  5. A striking, handsome bird! I am always thrilled to see one. Did you know the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker, is a Pileated Woodpecker? 😉

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