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.