Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pileated Woodpecker

My wife and I are fortunate to live on the edge
of a wood within the territorial range of several animals and birds that are not normally seen by the average suburbanite.  A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers is one of the species that frequent the area right off our porch.  As large as a crow, they are often seen foraging on fallen tree trunks as they root for ants and other insects.  Most of the time, where you see the male (pictured here), you will also see the female and she was present on this occasion.  Unlike the female, the male has red bars to the side of it's bill.

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