Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Woody

I had this rare visitor a few days before this nasty storm. He lives somewhere in the acreage of the woods around the houses in the neighborhood, but keeps well hidden except for his woodpecker call and very loud and hollow tapping. This one seems to have particularly magnificent breeding colors. Taken through my kitchen window as they are very timid and would have never let me get close if I was outside, so the photos are a bit blurry.

15 comments:

Marie Smith said...

Woody is large and beautiful!

joeh said...

I've yet to see one of these, all the wood-peckers seem very shy.

Yesterday I looked out at the snow and saw a new bird on a limb, not time to take a picture which I'm pretty bad at anyway, he flew away as soon as I made a sound. About 12 inches tall, I'm calling it a Sharp-skinned Hawk from my research, but not enough of a view to be sure...either way it was very exciting for this very amateur bird watcher.

Celia said...

Great pictures! I thought I heard a Woody on our roof but it was a flicker picking at the gutters.

Studio Maywyn said...

Neat! Pileated woodpeckers are amazing creatures, but they do make a Lot of noise.
I have yet to be lucky as you to get a photo of the bird. I did find a new nest in a tree though.

Red said...

They are very striking birds. I don't find them wary at all.

messymimi said...

They are good looking, but when they decide to peck at the stovepipe to get the bugs to run out from under them, it will prevent sleeping in on Saturday morning.

The Furry Gnome said...

Oh goodness! What great pictures!

Linda Reeder said...

Those guys are so cool. Here a flicker keeps us entertained clinging the the suet feeder, disrupting the chickadees and juncos and bush tits.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Every woodpecker I have a pic of is blurry, because they move their heads so rapidly! Yep he is pretty!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful old Woody, lovely scenery.

sonia a. mascaro said...

So beautiful photos, Tabor!
Love woodpecker and in my place (my country house) we have many yellow woodpecker.

joared said...

Reminds me we were treated to a redhead in the woods behind our first house in Great Lakes state so many years ago. Good photos.

Granny Annie said...

We only spotted one Pileated Woodpecker in our years here and it was a momentous occasion.

ellen abbott said...

I love the pileated woodpeckers! we had some living nearby in the city for a few years and I have seen them a few times out here as well. you can always tell when they are around. they don't rat-a-tat-tat so much as thunk thunk thunk.

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

They are in my woods. Love them and rarely see them.
Yard helper hears them and sometimes points them out to me.
When I first moved back to my country property and saw one
I thought it was some kind of tropical bird
since it was so big..