It’s been a while since I saw a pileated woodpecker in the garden! Well technically he landed high up on one of the Doug firs just behind the fence. I look at the forest as an extension, a space that attracts an enormous number of different bird species to our small suburban garden. In the early years we would spot entire families of pileated woodpeckers visit our suet feeders. But as traffic and development have encroached, we mostly just hear them now. Their loud call is haunting and unmistakable! In the spring woodpeckers land on our shake roof and hammer away in hopes of attracting a mate.
The pileated is the largest woodpecker in North America at 16 to 19 inches (40-49 cm) and has a wingspan of about 26 to 30 inches (66-75 cm). The male sports a flaming red crest and mustache. They eat carpenter ants, insects, berries, acorns and suet at feeders.
He stayed just long enough for me to get a few photographs!
It’s been a great summer here at home for birdwatching!