Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pileated woodpecker

Piliated Woodpecker looking for insects in oak tree
My wife spotted a Pileated Woodpecker on a walk yesterday afternoon.  I later discovered it after it had flown to a neighbors yard.  Its distinctive call and loud pecking noise gave it away.

These large birds, about the size of a crow, create rectangular holes in trees to find ants. They typically nest in the cavity of large trees.

This bird is unique to North America. Its large pointed crest and haunting call make me think of it ancient cousin, the Pterodactyl.  Editors note: though I'm older, I was NOT around during the Pterodactyl's hay day. 

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