Pileated woodpecker

One of the finest creatures in the eastern forest is the pileated woodpecker. It is large and has a bright red crest – it is the woodpecker that Woody the WP is modeled after. It is secretive but I’ve seen it on several occasions. Yesterday I saw one excavating an old log lying on the ground. It had attracted a little fan club including a squirrel, a robin, and a smaller hairy woodpecker who were,apparently, interested in examining the leftovers.

Here’s the kind of work it does on dead trees. 



  1. Marti Rand · April 13, 2016

    This is crazy. I just saw a Pileated Woodpecker for the very first time on Sunday and right in our backyard. Actually, our Chihuahua brought my attention to it. Then tonight our daughter-in-law, Karen, posted a picture of the damage one did to her client’s house. I thought they were shy. Maybe we are on a migration path.


    • kevinhikes · April 15, 2016

      How fortunate to see one in your yard!! Woodpeckers can do significant damage to houses. In flagstaff, we have northern flickers that like to drum on houses.


  2. Harry Brown · April 11, 2016

    I had hoped to see one on the Pinhoti, but never did. Glad you got to see one.


  3. Sally (Duncan) D'Antonio · April 11, 2016

    Great photo, Kev!


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