Just saw a Pileated Woodpecker!

Can I be really dorky and tell you how excited I was this morning to see a Pileated Woodpecker?? We see woodpeckers in our backyard frequently, but they are usually Downy Woodpeckers or Hairy Woodpeckers. I saw this flash of red in the woods behind our house, and I was like, is that a woodpecker? So, I went and looked it up in our copy of Birds of Maine, and wow. Big as a crow, 16-19″. And then it came up to our tree in our backyard and J got to see it too! It’s HUGE! We looked it up on the Cornell Lab website after he flew away, and I love how you can hear the calls on the website. I had heard it when K and I were waiting for the bus earlier and had wondered what it was.

Speaking of birds, have you done your spring cleaning on your bird feeders? I guess birds can get a variation of salmonella and it can pass when the birds congregate at bird feeders, usually in the spring. They are seeing a higher incidence of it here in Maine this year. Our nyger seed feeder on our deck is almost empty, so I am going to take the opportunity to clean it with a bleach solution before refilling it.

2 Responses

  1. Just discovered your blog yesterday. Greatings from the Lew-Aub area. Beautiful bird! I will have to keep my eyes out.:) Valerie

  2. I don’t blame you. I would have been very excited. I’ve never seen one. Of course today I got all excited because I saw a bird I’ve never since before. Turned out to be a female red-winged black bird. How is it possible I’ve never seen one? We’ve been around red-wings for years. My, the females must be total recluses!

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