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The Majestic, Beautiful and Elusive PILEATED WOODPECKER

Updated on February 6, 2013
The Beautiful Pileated Woodpecker
The Beautiful Pileated Woodpecker | Source

My husband, son and I are bird watchers - in our back yard. We live in a wooded area of large trees including pine, hickory, gum, oak, dogwood, holly and probably many others that I do not know the names of right off hand. We see many, many birds, but our favorite is the beautiful and elusive Pileated Woodpecker. This is a magnificent bird. One of the largest birds in the woodpecker family, measuring up to 16 1/2 inches long. The Pileated Woodpecker has a large bill, beautiful red crest on its head, a red spot on his cheek, black and white stripes that stand out on its face, pale yellowish brown eyes, and a black body with white under its wings. When we are blessed to see this bird fly above our heads from tree to tree, we always watch in awe, eager to keep him in our sights as long as we can. We try to snap a picture of him because he is very flighty and does not stay around long when he thinks he is being watched or if something odd, like a human or dog, is viewed by him from on high. So far, we have not been able to get a decent picture of him due to the fact that by the time we spot him, run to get the camera and come back, he is gone. Today, however, early in the morning when my husband left for work, we spotted not one, but two Pileated Woodpeckers flying around together from tree to tree in our yard and along the woods. We were VERY excited to say the least, but alas, they disappeared when we went to get the camera. This afternoon, I was out in the yard with the chickens and our dog, Maddie, and I heard the familiar call of the Pileated. I spotted him or her, high up in one of our holly trees. I ran to get my camera and slowly and quietly slipped out onto the porch to wait to hear or see him again. I peaked around the corner and there he was, still hanging around up there, high in the holly tree. I quietly turned on my camera, zoomed it in as far as it would go and snapped his picture (I felt like the dirty paparazzi snapping risque pictures of celebrities, but I had to get the shot!). I was only able to get three, but he is so beautiful. If I were only a better photographer, but oh well. I'm very, very happy and very satisfied that I was able to get any pictures of him at all :)

I am sharing them with you and hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Our Pileated Friend
Our Pileated Friend | Source
Our Pileated Friend
Our Pileated Friend | Source

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    • sallieannluvslife profile imageAUTHOR

      sallieannluvslife 

      4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      What an awesome username!! I love roses, too, well, I love all flowers...we seem to have a lot in common!

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      VioletteRose 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      Hi sallieannluvslife, Violetterose is my username that I have chosen, not my actual name :) its because I love flowers, especially roses. I am glad you like it !

    • sallieannluvslife profile imageAUTHOR

      sallieannluvslife 

      4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks so much Violette Rose! What a beautiful name you have!! Your parents must have loved flowers to have named you after them - how special!! Woodpeckers and owls are two of my favorite birds...I wake up to hooo hoooing in the night and early mornings now since it is Fall here and the owls are out more. Blessings to you!

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      VioletteRose 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      Woodpeckers are beautiful birds, I was so curious and loved to watch them in my childhood, especially when they were making nests. I didn't know about the different varieties though. Where I grew up we had lots of trees and birds, and I loved it. Your pictures are all very beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

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      sallieannluvslife 

      5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi tsadjatko! Is "here" Tim Buk Tu? :) We see this guy nearly every day...he loves our big Holly Tree for some reason...so far this year we have seen this Pileated Woodpecker, a red-bellied woodpecker and a red-headed woodpecker - haven't seen a downy yet, but I'm sure he'll be here soon, hanging out with the others. Do you also have a variety of them? Woodpeckers are some of my favorite birds!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 years ago from now on

      They are awesome wood peckers - very prehistoric looking - we see them all the time here and being an avid bird watcher myself I'm always on the lookout for the unusual flying by. :-)

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