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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Something on the Tree

Lookie here lookie here



Momy: THOES would be a WoodPeckers. Pileated Woodpeckers to be exact. Nearly as large as a crow, the Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in most of North America.

Cool Facts

•The Pileated Woodpecker digs characteristically rectangular holes in trees to find ants. These excavations can be so broad and deep that they can cause small trees to break in half.

•A Pileated Woodpecker pair stays together on its territory all year round. It will defend the territory in all seasons, but will tolerate floaters during the winter.

•The feeding excavations of a Pileated Woodpecker are so extensive that they often attract other birds. Other woodpeckers, as well as House Wrens, may come and feed there.

Pileated Woodpecker populations declined greatly with the clearing of the eastern forests. The species rebounded in the middle 20th century, and has been increasing slowly but steadily in most of its range. Only in Arkansas do numbers seem to be going down.

•No other living North American woodpecker is large and black with a red crest.

There were 2 Pileated Woodpeckers on the tree that day. Sadly I could not get a picture with both of them in it. They were pecking up the tree in a circular motion. Very pretty to watch and hear. The cats were more than amused and/or scared of them. Im not really sure.



  1. I think we have some of them in our back woods. I saw some a few Summers ago. Great pics !!!

  2. I've only ever managed to get *one* shot of one of these, last year in one of our conservation areas. Pure luck. It's great you have them right there!

  3. Oh how cool! We don't have any of those around here (though I swear we hear them sometimes!)

  4. Beautiful birds. My sister lives in rural PA and she was lucky to have a pair build a nest and fledge their chicks at the entrance to her property.

  5. What a gift! Great pictures even though you couldn't get both together. I didn't know they were so rare. I think I have seen one in our back woods, I remember thinking it was HUGE!
    ~Lisa Co9T

  6. We LOVE Pileated Woodpeckers! we have one that noms on our neighbors dead tree and find him quite fun to watch. BTW...did you know that Woody Woodpecker was a Pileated?

  7. I think we have those here in NC too!

  8. Great photos; we hear woodpeckers here, but don't see them too often...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  9. Well, if those birdies are pecking on wood....we think we will stay away from them!

  10. Those are some big birdies! We think they can stay outside and we'll stay in!
    xx Lounge Kats

  11. Mom has the same problem when she tries to get pikhs of the woodpekhkers around here -

    She khan't really shoot them from outside - they fly away when she gets khloser to the tree -

    AND they are usually moving 'round so much!

    Thanks fur sharing!


  12. THose are neat facts. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  13. They are fantastic looking birds! We've heard about them a lot but we don't have them in Australia. Thank you for the interesting info too!
    Purrs, Keiko Kenji & Pricilla

  14. We have seen those here, too...but mostly we have the smaller Downy Woodpeckers come to our feeders