When we moved here, I had never seen a Pileated Woodpecker other than in a book. Since we’ve lived here, they’ve visited 2-3 times – “they” being a pair.
If you look carefully, you can just make out a pair of woodpeckers that were circling the tree they were on. Unfortunately, all of these photos were a dance trying to focus on the birds and not the endless branches the camera kept focusing on.
By sheer luck I snapped a picture just as one took off. While not the clearest shot, it did give me an idea of what they look like in flight with their head feathers folded back and the white wing markings underneath. I never seem to get great pictures as they remain deeper into the woods than the other birds.
We put out a block of suet for the varieties of woodpeckers we have here. It took a while but now all the woodpeckers from miles around are eating this latest treat it seems. Glad we bought the bulk box of suet as we’ll be going through it for sure this winter!