One of the perks of having a wooded backyard (with several dead trees) is the presence of Pileated Woodpeckers.
This afternoon, my husband spotted one near the fence-line and said, “Get your camera!” Well, he didn’t have to tell me twice.
Now, sneaking up on this fellow proved to be impossible as the ground is covered with loud, crunchy leaves. And getting a clear shot through the maze of twigs and branches was nearly impossible, though I’m sure looked quite comical! I was pleased to get a couple of pictures that had a pretty good view of him.
By the way, you can tell this one is a male because of the red cheek stripe. The same stripe on the female is black. He was using his enormous beak to drill into the rotten wood in search of tasty insects.
I am hoping that the future holds many more visit from these beautiful birds!