A female Pileated Woodpecker seen hard at work foraging for insects by tearing the bark off the old oak trees in front of Audubon House. Her raucous pounding and all the debris falling to the ground were hard to miss, which made her easy to find. Dryocopus pileatus about to fly away.
Looking out the window one morning last week while sitting at my desk at the office I saw Pileated Woodpeckers foraging in the oak trees in the parking lot. Grabbing my camera I went out into the awful light of an overcast sky threatening rain and took a few photos of the birds. The immediate surprise was that there were four of them in a group so most likely a family of two adults with two of their offspring from […]
The monthly bird count for April 2015 at the Indian River Club with Joe Carroll and Roz James was done partially in the rain and mostly under cloudy skies leading to some disappointing images, though the birds did not seem to be cooperating too much either. The happy surprise was finding that the Great Horned Owl family from last month’s bird count was doing well with the added bonus of finding that the family had an extra baby owl that […]
A male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) swoops up into a tree at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the average wingspan of a Pileated Woodpecker is 26–29.5 inches (66–75 cm). The average body length is 15.7–19.3 inches (40–49 cm).
A Pileated Woodpecker up at the crack of dawn clutches a palm tree at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR). This bird is about the size of a crow. “Pileated” means “crested”, which makes the name an apt description for one of this woodpecker’s most distinctive field marks. This is a male Pileated Woodpecker denoted by his red mustache coming down off his bill, or beak, if you prefer. The female’s mustache is all black.