Dryocopus pileatus, what a strange name for a rather odd-looking woodpecker. I have been away from blogging on Nature and Wildlife Pics due to ill-health and retrictions on my nature hikes. But I did take a recent trip…
I was recently in Seattle and my friend and I visited a few local parks. We had plans on hiking around estuaries in the Pacific Northwest, but I was rather sick for almost half my trip, so that trip did not occur. I did see osprey, eagles, blue heron and various songbirds like the Spotted Towhee and the Steller’s Jay as we went to parks locally, but my lucky find was the Pileated Woodpecker at a nearby forest.
I saw him/her ground foraging in heavy brush as we were getting in the car to leave. This bird was not fearful of people and I crept up, but could not get a really good image due to all the obstructions. We did scare it off into a tree of the dark forest eventually though, since now two of us surrounded it. The photo below was right before he left the decaying, downed tree in the grassy spot. I was getting closer at this point.
I usually agree with Cornell on just about anything they post, but when they said, “The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent,” I have to say not compared to owls in my opinion. At least they qualified it as, “one of the biggest…” I am not sure about striking either. To me they are odd-looking.
I do have a story on the Spotted Towhee and Jay which I will post on, but here is the “funny looking, but friendly” woodpecker.