Tuesday, August 15, 2006
P is for Pileated Woodpecker
Today, for the very first time in my entire life, I saw a Pileated Woodpecker.
Their usual habitat is tall trees in deep, mature woods. Since part of our yard is the extension of a deep woods, there was always the possibility one might fly into our trees.
They have an extremely loud, distinctive call. Not easy to miss. Therefore, I didn't think there was much hope of seeing one since I never heard one.
Coming back toward the house after our dog walk this morning, I heard it. That in itself was a thrill. I looked up thinking I would never see it in all the leaves, and there it was in a break in the leaves of a tall oak tree! Big. Impressive. Awesome.
Note: I did not take this picture. Even if my camera had been with me, I would have been too busy gawking to take a picture.
Meanwhile, back in the field, the late season bluebird nest has three hatchlings.
Feed me! Feed me!