Winter is the most wonderful time to see woodpeckers.
It is truly a fun surprise when you step out the door expecting a search, and instead, there are pileated woodpeckers all around you! Two off-spring of the past nesting season accompanied their parents and were foraging near each other. It took a minute of orienting to the direction of sounds compared to the two I visually located to realize that I had four woodpeckers, two to the west of where I stood, and two to the east. They are busy birds. By the time you've gotten into a good position to see one of them, they've decided to move to a different tree. Below you see the young female. She was distinguishable because her newly forming crest was still a bit bare in the back. Don't you just love that look!
And below is her handsome brother with dark, fresh plumage that is striking.
Click here to see last year's family visit in March 2012 and another fun encounter in May 2009.
Visit Cornell for more information on the Pileated Woodpecker