Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pileated Woodpecker

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

 Lately, I have been seeing the Pileated Woodpeckers flying across my yard and landing on the trees across from my driveway.  The are fun to hear knocking on the trees and to hear their loud calls. 



This is a male Pileated Woodpecker, because the malar is red. The females have a black malar. They are large in size abut 17 inches in length and a 29 inch wingspan.


The Pileated Woodpecker is commonly seen in the woods and watershed property next to my house. I see and hear them often while walking on the fireroads.



I think they love putting holes into the trees, at least the trees and holes are not on our property. They do look for termites and other bugs to eat while drilling their holes. It is funny how some of their holes are square or rectangle in shape and not round.




I was hoping someday to see them or their babies peeking out of one of the many trees. I hope you enjoyed my post and thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your comments too!

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I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

61 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous bird. i have one in our backyard but i can not get him in my photos. too quick. so awesome to watch. you must have a quick hand to get him or more patient that me (or is it I?) any ways. neat shots. ( :

mick said...

Great photos and beautiful birds. They are big!

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

That's some yard bird! Lucky girl. Wonderful photos and post.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!Very beautiful post!!I love Woodpeckers!!Wonderful pictures and great shots!Amazing holes in the tree!!Thank you for sharing!Hope you have a lovely week!
Dimi..

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Aren't they amazing???
I love ours!

Kathie Brown said...

Eileen, I just love pileated woodpeckers and use to have them as yard birds when I lived in Maine! Sadly, we do not see them here in AZ, but we have plenty of other wonderful birds. Very Nice photos of one of my favorite birds!

HansHB said...

Great photos, perfect for the theme!

TexWisGirl said...

i caught one in our oak tree the other day. love these!

Karen said...

Hi Eileen, great shots of this woodpecker, love the red bit on his head, gee I have never seen a woodpecker before, thanks for sharing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It would be great to see the babies, but I am happy to see them at any stage. And even happy to hear them in the morning...they make a great alarm clock.

Carole M. said...

how lovely Eileen; fabulous photos. Bigger than I thought and amazing holes they make? They are digging for insects/grubs from the tree?

Maria said...

You're fortunate to have seen it. It's one of the largest woodpeckers around. Beautiful!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a great spotting, Eileen! This bird has been on my "dream list" for some time. I can hear them often, but can never spot them. I didn't realize how large they are until a fellow birder gave me the dimensions. Wonderful shots.

Ebie said...

Hi Eileen, I will check out my woodpecker photos. The holes on the trees are big, but the ones I saw were small and were working on the telephone pole. Its a learning experience.

dwaynejava said...

Amazing bird Eileen,
I don't really see these in my area as there is not really enough forest for them, but I do see them while traveling on occasion. Hope they nest nearby! -DM

Karen said...

Oh wow, fabulous shots! I have only seen a Pileated once and didn't get a shot!

SandyCarlson said...

Gorgeous! I love these birds. So smart and so good.

Larry said...

That would be nice to see the baby Pileated woodpeckers. I've never seen the young ones just out of the nest. It must be a treat to have them near your house and great photos of them too!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh beautiful..I don't see them often here..lovely post.. thank you for all the support Eileen.. hugs.. Michelle

Happyone said...

Wow, they make some pretty big holes.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I've never seen them do that to a tree!! He's really working away on that tree!

Carver said...

Great shots. They are beautiful birds with their red head.

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful photographs of a gorgeous woodpecker!
Love the shot of the freshly drilled holes!

-Wally

Terry said...

We get them here too, I don't know why but I really like these birds.

Lynne said...

I like seeing the Pileated Woodpecker . . . However when they started pounding holes into the Cedar on our house we weren't as happy. Knock on wood, (pardon the pun) so they seem to have stayed away this year!

Betsy Adams said...

I love Pileated Woodpeckers. They are so funny when they come to our feeders---trying to 'fit'..... Love watching them.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

What a handsome fella you have there! They do make some unique holes, don't they. Pileated Woodpeckers are my Spark bird. I've been hearing them around here lately, but have yet to see one.

Carletta said...

I'm lucky to have these around the wooded area behind my home and hear them quite often here lately.
I got some really good shots last year but not sure I want them to come as close. A female bored a huge whole in our deck. :(
Great shots Eileen!

Elaine said...

Wonderful series of shots! I'd love to see one of these. They certainly do a number on the trees, don't they? I can see why you are glad they're not on your property.

diane b said...

They are fascinating bird we don't have any here. They look like they are wearing a cyclist's crash helmet. Why to they make holes? Is it to find bugs to eat or to lay eggs in.

Hanne Bente said...


Lovely pictures! Hanne Bente

Indrani said...

What strong bills they have.
I hope it found some worms there.

Dave said...

Nice post, and interesting to see the unfinished holes... I wonder if they sense that they are digging in the wrong place and start again?

Lea said...

Beautiful bird!
Most of the woodpeckers we see here are the Red-Bellied. Hoping one day to attract the Pileated to our suet feeders.
Have a wonderful week!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Stewart M said...

These have to be one of my favourite birds! I have managed to see them on two trips to the US. They are just huge!

You are right about it being strange how they drill holes that are squares.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pam ;) said...

They are magnificent birds and I've not seen the inside of the holes they drill.
I hope you encounter some of their young ones someday Eileen.

caite said...

a handsome birdie...not so much the holes though...

Bob Bushell said...

They are beautiful, to look at and to listen as well.

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
The Pileated Woodpeckers are SO lovely and cute with the red malar♡♡♡
It sure is interesting to see the holes they made. First for me to see them and you are really true for the shape of them.
Thank you so much for sharing wonderful pictures.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Phil said...

Brilliant Eileen. Just fancy having those wonderful woodpeckers just across the way. I hope they use one of those holes so you can get more great shots soon.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I am always so jealous of you birders who find these woodpeckers. All I see here are the Golden Fronted Woodies. Wishin' I could spot one like yours.

Nancy Claeys said...

I would *love* to see one of these in person, Eileen! What fabulous captures. I just adore this bird!

George said...

These are great pictures of the woodpeckers and their handiwork. We have Pileated Woodpeckers that will occasionally come to the suet feeders we have. It's interesting to watch them get at the suet.

Montanagirl said...

I would love to see one of the Pileateds first hand. We have Downies, Hairies and Red-Headeds here.

CabinGirl said...

Lovely post, Eileen! They're such magnificent birds...

i stora drag said...

Such great photos of this, a bit funny woodpecker! It's a huge one and we don't have them here in Sweden I think!
Funny holes in the trees too! :)
Thanks for your comment, Eileen!
Have a Happy Easter!
Greetings Pia

Magia da Inês said...

Belas fotos.

¸.•°♡
♡ "Que este nosso pequeno mundo virtual, nesta Páscoa,
seja cada vez mais humano!"

¸.•°♡
♡ Feliz Páscoa!!!

DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting Eileen and great pictures. I have only ever seen a Pileated Woodpecker once, high up in a tree on the Manassas Battlefield. Those holes are very interesting. I suppose you wouldn't want one hanging around a prize cherry blossom tree ;)

Gary said...

Nice capture of this guy!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

How neat! My goodness, those are some big holes. Love the photos, I think the birds are really pretty.

Julie G. said...

I think Pileated Woodpeckers are fascinating. I hear them drilling away at the back of our country property all the time. I only wish I could get fantastic photographs like you posted here. My fingers are crossed that you will see pileated youngsters poking their heads out of a hole some day soon! Great images, Eileen!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Rarely ever hear woodpeckers around here. They sure can drill the holes!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

We saw some Pileated today and I was just looking at a tree with similar holes in it!! I really like the shots you took Eileen, it is a hard bird to get, good job!!

NatureFootstep said...

interesting shots. Is it the same bird making all of the holes? Strange!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

You took me back to Singapore, wehere these woodpeckers were at the trees when I hung my laundry.

AVCr8teur said...

The holes are larger than I expected. I didn't realize their babies go in there too. I thought it was just for storing nuts.

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never been this close to a pileated woodpecker. That's on my wishlist for 2013. Lucky you, Eileen!

MandaBurms said...

I've just shown dh your blog and he was amazed at the holes the woodpeckers make. Oh MY!
love Leanne Nz

bailey-road.com said...

What wonderful shots of the Pileated Woodpecker!

Celeste said...

Great photos. I am curious, do the trees survive having all those holes drilled in them?

Linda Gross said...

I have yet to see one of these woodpeckers; great photos!

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