Up Close & Personal … The Pileated Woodpecker

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A couple of days ago, as I was walking past a stand of trees at the park,
I heard a rather loud and insistent hammering sound.

“Woodpecker!” I told myself and slowed down as I quietly followed the sound.

I peeked through some branches and there he was:
a male pileated woodpecker searching the tree bark for insects.

I don’t think that I have ever been this close to one before.
While he was busy searching for food I was able to take a few quick photographs.

He did keep an eye on me the entire time though.

Moments later he looked around and then took off.
But I could hear him hammer and drill away clear across the park as I walked on.
What a surprise and special treat to get this close without trying.
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19 thoughts on “Up Close & Personal … The Pileated Woodpecker”

    • Fascinating is right, Cindy! We used to get a pair of them visit our suet feeders but now we mostly just hear them up in the trees. Thanks for always reading my blog! 😊

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  1. He’s gorgeous! When our kids lived in PDX a woodpecker family lived in a tree in their front yard. It was quite loud, especially in the spring when they had babies. Have a great weekend, Sabine!

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    • They do get noisy, those woodpeckers! We have some that hammer away at our shake roof during mating season. The sound reverberates through the entire house! Have a nice weekend too, Missy!

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  2. Gr8 pix of my favorite woodpecker!

    U really do have a remarkable rapport with birds.  While the feeder birds may be somewhat habituated, shy birds elsewhere (like eagles and pileateds) stay calm when U approach.

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  3. I’ve never seen this type of woodpecker before Sabine and what great pictures to get a good look at the real-life “Woody the Woodpecker”. They sure are striking looking aren’t they? You were lucky to see this woodpecker so close-up!

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    • Linda, keep your ears and eyes open on your walks through the woods! You might just spot one of them some day. Their call reminds me a bit of the flicker call. We have them in the forest behind us as well, but they don’t visit the suet feeder as often as they used to.

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      • Sabine – when I listened to the birding seminar, that flicker’s call had me asking the narrator what type of bird it was when it was time for questions. So I just went by what she said. I wonder if a Pileated Woodpecker is right under my nose and I don’t know it? I hope to see one some day at any rate.

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      • You’ll eventually see a pileated woodpecker, Linda! I hear them far more often than I see them. And once you learn to identify their call you’ll never mistake them for another woodpecker.

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      • I just listened to the call and that sounds more like the noise I hear that I thought sounded tropical, like monkeys in a jungle. I think that noise is this woodpecker and not a flicker. The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is not as long a call but I do recognize that call. I never see who belongs to the call, no more than I see the bullfrog I hear every day in the Summer months.

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