Pileated Woodpecker at Sunnybrook: May 4, 2022

Pileated Woodpeckers are big birds with a male, like the one we saw today, measuring close to 20 inches in length.

Pileated Woodpecker (male)

When feeding they sound like someone shingling a roof and slivers about the size of a finger come away with each peck. Pileated Woodpeckers love ants and the bird we observed was likely searching for them near the ground.

Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (male)

Other birds:

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Mallard (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Mallard (male)
American Black Duck (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Mallards (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)

West Don River views:

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

NATURE POETRY

I never knew the earth had so much gold—
The fields run over with it, and this hill
Hoary and old,
Is young with buoyant blooms that flame and thrill.        – Louis Untermeyer (1885–1977)

Miles Hearn


4 thoughts on “Pileated Woodpecker at Sunnybrook: May 4, 2022

  1. rosemarie fischer

    WOW!!! what a sight!!! only once did I see a P.W….first I heard the sound,then I saw that amazing bird,in the woods near Orillia……about 40 years ago,but I will never forget it!!!!
    thanks for all the nice posts you chare with us. Rosemarie

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