Pileated Woodpecker in Frigid Lambton Woods: Jan. 15, 2022

When I saw the temperature at -21 degrees this morning, I wondered if the car would start. It did and I arrived at Lambton Woods at dawn.

A hardy group of walkers appeared for the 8 am walk.

In the middle of the woods, as if on cue, a Pileated Woodpecker landed just in front of us accompanied by its characteristic ringing and staccato call.

Pileated Woodpecker (female)
Pileated Woodpecker (female)
Pileated Woodpecker (female)
Pileated Woodpecker (female)

These 16 – 20 inch in length birds were named because of a certain resemblance to the pileus cap worn in ancient Greece and into the Roman Empire:

Pileated Woodpecker (female)
Pileated Woodpecker (female)

Other birds:

American Robin
Mallards
Mallards
Canada Geese
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Common Merganser (female)
American Robin
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Mallards
Mallard (male)
European Starlings
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
European Starlings
Blue Jay
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
European Starlings
Downy Woodpecker (female)
European Starling

MYSTERY BIRD

I recently received this photo. The bird is about starling size. Can you identify it? I will give the answer in Monday’s post.

NATURE POETRY

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white—then melts forever.      – Robert Burns (1759–96)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Pileated Woodpecker in Frigid Lambton Woods: Jan. 15, 2022

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Well, it’s unlikely to be a Warbler–
    Would have loved to put this frigid day to the test. The pooch wouldn’t go very far–not that I blame him! Great challenge. Love to see the dawn, too!.

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  2. Gloria James

    Thank you for the beautiful photos of woodpeckers, especially the pileated female woodpecker (my favourite bird).

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  3. l

    American Redstart? I thought of it, then looked it up–some had yellow heads…imagine, I remembered the name of that bird, even if I don’t have it right!

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  4. rosemarie fischer

    beautiful post,once a long time ago I saw a pileated woodpecker on my walk.beautiful post,thanks Miles

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