What a thrill to see a pileated woodpecker in the back garden.
There she was at the base of the old dead tree drilling away in search of insects. A bit of research in the birding books told us this was a female. On the male the red on the head goes all the way down to the beak. Also the males have a red stripe to the side of the beak.
At other times she visited the feeders. Here she is trying out a bird cake recipe that I make.
Homemade suet is quick and easy to make and once the birds get a taste of it they won’t want anything else.
Here is a photo of the big woodpecker on one of the back trees, probably checking out the bark for bugs.
It enjoyed the old peanut feeder too.
This is one of the largest woodpeckers, almost the size of a crow and is native to North America. It can be seen in forested areas, and often heard before being seen. It has a loud drumming sound as it pecks away at trees.
The woodpecker pecked away at the dead tree over several days and eventually the hole was so big that the tree fell down.
Nature never fails to amaze me.