Red Hat-Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

LOOK! Finally, the large pileated woodpecker flew through my yard. I saw one last year but wasn’t ready with my camera. Tonight, I was standing on my back porch, camera in hand, when I heard a close, loud bird call! There she was, the pileated woodpecker. She landed in a tree and I managed to take this picture.

I walked into my yard to try to get a better picture, and it flew right toward me and my dogwood tree. Seeing me, it swerved away. My heart was beating fast and I thought I lost her. But, she landed on a tree stump in my neighbor’s yard. She stayed for a long time and I took more pictures before she flew away, calling loudly!

Foraging at the Tree Stump

Foraging at the Tree Stump

I sure hope she comes back. It was really exhilarating to be so close to the action.

Red Crest Pose

Red Crest Pose

I am posting this for my May bird series celebrating the beauty of my backyard birds. For more bird pictures, click on the birds header at the top of my page.

I will also add this to Hugh’s weekly photo challenge with the theme of hats since my woodpecker is certainly flaunting its red crest! Thanks for letting me stretch the theme.

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Posted on May 3, 2016, in birds, Observations, Photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Great captures of the woodpecker from your backyard! 🙂 They are different from Texas woodpeckers.

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  2. Handsome looking bird and a great catch.

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  3. We’ve woodpeckers here in the UK and I love hearing the sound they make when pecking away at the wood.
    Thank you for linking this post to my weekly photo challenge.

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  4. Great photos! You’re lucky to be in the right place at the right time! 🙂

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  5. Great pictures! I wonder if this was the type of woodpecker they based Woody on. Fabulous markings!

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