My reward today was getting to see this beauty at one of the feeders. (Mer Bleue) I have heard one and seen one in the distance at Dewberry Trail, and of course I see the results of their woodworking skills tap tap on the trees they love to peck away at. But today, one flew up to the feeder I had just filled and settled in to feast. I was struck with awe. I stood in the swirling snow and just watched, transfixed at his/her beauty and size. When I got my initial awe struck mind to register that it was happy snacking and not going anywhere, I quickly sought out my cell, both cameras were not with me. Guess who didn’t have her phone with her, it was still plugged in beside the bed. (the above picture is from good old Wikipedia)
To say that seeing one so close to me, and so amazingly unfazed by my being there, was truly an experience I will treasure, is fact. I noticed when reading the info on the Wikipedia site, that the picture I am using indicates its a female, however the male doesn’t look that different.
Interestingly there are usually other woodpeckers around when I am there, the mid size one and a smaller one. Neither was around when my “star” arrived. The other birds paid her no mind, but then they were interested in the peanuts and sunflower seeds I had put out in the other feeders. My beauty, was after the suet. Interestingly I have noted freshly chipped out rectangular holes in the big tree that is in the clearing, but I had yet to see the “artist”. It seems they are looking for insects, especially ant colonies, they even eat poison ivy berries. I am smitten, but fear not, I am not about to embark on a search and find mission for insects to put out for her. I will however, make sure the flavour of the suet she likes is made available for her.
Thank goodness she is far away from my murder of crows… This must be what a cheating heart feels like.
Don’t think “I Can’t” from the start. Begin by taking the first step, then you’ll be able to see what comes next and a path will open.Perfect Liberty 2021.6
Everything that happens to you is material for growth. Approach everything with a firm belief that “it will turn out for the best”. Anything can be used as material for progress and development.Perfect Liberty 2015.4
Comments on: "fickle heart" (10)
Wow ..you got great photo of this Woodpecker ..he is pretty photogenic.
I wish I could claim them .. but these I got from Wikipedia.. I was out there today with out my cameras or my cell…. Waves a cheerful hello to you across the miles..
They are a pretty impressive bird. We usually a couple of visits each year. The pictures are nice, but they really don’t show how big it is.
And they can put a good hole in a tree when they find termites (which means the tree is in trouble anyway).
Hope you get some good pictures of your own.
Just seeing if I can do this
you were successful!
It is always impressive to see a Pileated Woodpecker–they dwarf all the other woodpeckers and songbirds by their enormous size. In terms of gender, the distinguishing mark is the cheek stripe, which is red for the males and black for the females.
Thank you! I will be out there again tomorrow hoping to catch another glimpse of her. Have a great week-end Mike!
Woodpeckers are such interesting birds.