Friday, June 20, 2014

Meet a surprise visitor finally photographed

This Pileated Woodpecker, Drycocopus pileatus, has been seen regularly around our property the few couple weeks. Maybe it has decided to stay for awhile? 

Here it is checking itself out in a glass window pane on our old shed. I could not spot the red coloring on its cheek, so I assume this is a female. 

The species is generally shy, and prefers to stay in heavily forested habitat, but she allowed me to prowl around trying to get a better angle for a photograph.  

The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America, most common in the Southeast, and it measures up to 16.5 inches long. 


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