Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Special Visitor - Pileated Woodpecker

We bought a  new kind of suet yesterday and put it out for the birds. We usually melt it down and ad our own ingredients, but we decided to try this new suet plain. We started seeing chickadees and woodpeckers right away, the birds seemed to like it.
This morning, when only me and my twin brother were awake, I looked out the window at one of our suet feeders. A Pileated Woodpecker! They're so much bigger than the Hairy's and Downy's. I woke up my brother. We took pictures until it flew away eventually. 
The Pileated Woodpecker eating away at the suet.
 We continued to see it around our feeders and in the tree.
I managed to get a bunch of flying photos

You can tell this woodpecker is a female, because the males have a red 'mustache'.

This hungry woodpecker has visited all our suet feeders with the new suet.

It flew onto our skating rink light post.
I hope it nests somewhere here in the summer.
Here's a video I got of it shredding bark off a tree

The Pileated Woodpecker is outside in our yard as I write this post.


  1. I love these birds - they're so striking. Last Sunday I was out walking and heard a loud bird call, and managed to look up in the right direction as a Pileated flew rapidly overhead, and quickly vanished in the distance. It made my day, along with my first-of-year Trumpeter Swans.

    1. They're such spectacular birds! It's never boring when you see one.

  2. You are so lucky! Love your photos!

  3. what's the flood light for... you have a rink?