Just when I thought I’d have nothing to say this morning, I caught a glimpse of red movement in the back yard. And there he was, a stunning pileated woodpecker, hard at work on the stump.
The photo isn’t the best, but then again, these birds are notoriously difficult to photograph without a blind, so I didn’t do so badly. The “blind” is the bedroom window – one without a screen! I was able to use the zoom feature on my camera, and a stack of books on the windowsill for a tripod.
Some of you might remember a post last summer, on the pileated-damaged tree I found in Stokes State Forest (across the road from where I live). After watching this fellow at work this morning, there was little doubt how efficiently pileateds can carve up a tree in no time at all.
I waited until the pileated flew away, and then went out to see what he had done. There was a new hole chipped at the bottom of the stump, about four inches deep. I couldn’t see anything worth eating in there, so I’m assuming the bird got all the hibernating insects and larvae it was after. Yummy.
I’m going in for pancakes.