Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Pileated Morning

Yesterday morning as I was getting ready for work, I noticed something large fly across in front of my bedroom window and land in one of the cherry trees just out of sight. I quickly grabbed the camera and ran (then creeped slowly) into the living room to take pictures straight out the front window of this beautiful male Pileated Woodpecker! I don't think their novelty will wear off from me for a pretty long time. I know that I see them usually once a week or so, and hear them nearly every day, but there is something magnificent about this almost comically large bird with it's wild red punk hair style and facepaint and it's wild calls into the forest.

I will eat you from the right...

I will eat you from the left...

And now to eat some berries.

Time for preening!


Fluffy bunny

 Then his bride flew in to nag him check on him.

You'll have to click this one to see them clearly, but he's on the bottom left, and she's on the top right, about 10-15 feet apart.


  1. Oh....how lucky! I would love to have a Pileated Woodpecker just outside my window. He's beautiful....

  2. very good blog, congratulations
    regard from Reus Catalonia
    thank you

  3. Excellent little post. I love the Pileated Woodpeckers wonderful birds. I'm like you and could never tire of them ever!!

  4. Wow, what lovely views you got here! I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing Pileateds. They are so beautiful and... prehistoric.