Pileated woodpeckers are delightful birds to watch and it is an extraordinary experience to observe one at eye-level and have it linger for a while.
On January 28th, during a beautiful snow fall, I first heard, then located, two pileated woodpeckers foraging around the yard, visiting old growth trees both in the yard and its wooded edges. It was 19 degrees F, COLD and windy.
Above, you see the female (top) and the male below her after she briefly landed on the same tree and they foraged together for a few minutes. Below, the male as he looks up from foraging. This bird's woodpecker movements are jerky, alert, ever scanning the environment and checking movement above and below, even though they sometimes ignore humans. Among their predators are Cooper's Hawks and the Great-horned owl.
Images were taken with a Canon Rebel T2i with 100-400 Canon zoom lens.
Links and Resources:
More pileated woodpecker family posts on this blog.
Cornell All About Birds--Pileated Woodpecker. Be sure to listen to the calls.
Cornell on Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Be sure to also listen to this sapsucker's call. He blends with tree bark so well, that the call will likely be how you learn of his presence.