Pileated Woodpecker


I literally just made these images. While sitting at my computer editing some images for my wife, something caught my eye near the woods behind the house. This pileated woodpecker was looking for bugs and worms in an old stump. I grabbed my camera and long lens to get some photos out the back window. A second after I set up, a squirrel came along to challenge the woodpecker for supremacy of the stump. The bird won. As you can see it is good sized and I’ve seen the holed they can drill in wood. I would not mess with one.

39 thoughts on “Pileated Woodpecker

  1. Sohair

    Wow its colors and feathers are fabulous …the forest behind your house is a fantastic world indeed…but I think you should take care Chris…wild life is dangerous sometimes…
    Cheers…
    Amazing images indeed.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I thank you, Sohair. I am always careful with animals. None really seem to want to bother me but they do want to be left alone. I give them lots of space. Cheers

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  2. Garfield Hug

    Ooh these last 2 posts show us that you live in an area vibrant with natural forest life! That is one woodpecker that looks a bit angry and you are right…if I am the squirrel, I will run away! Nice share. Thanks!

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  3. Annie

    The Pileated is one of my fav birds. Amazing how large they are! How lucky you are to have one in your backyard and to capture the bird/squirrel encounter is a bonus.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      They are beautiful and amazing. I don’t see them often, though this one made a reappearance today. The whole interaction with the squirrel was such fun to capture. I was very fortunate. Thank you and cheers.

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  4. sloppy buddhist

    A fleeting moment Chris I know little about birds but today I woken by singing birds…nature and being outside is best! Have a productive day β˜ΊοΈπŸ€“πŸ’« smiles from sunny jet lagged Hedy 😜

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Ugh. Jet lag. The woodpecker was a nice surprise that was made better by the squirrel wandering into the shot. Have a great week Hedy. Cheers

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      1. Sarah

        It was quite productive what with spring cleaning and starting a new painting. Hope yours was good too! πŸ˜„

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        I had a training yesterday to attend but did a photo shoot Friday night. I have a few things to do around the house today. Cheers

      3. Sarah

        Yay to the photo shoot!! Look forward to see them! Have an awesome Sunday! πŸ˜„ I’m currently waiting for the paint to dry to apply the next layer. πŸ˜‚ Cheers!

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