February 22, 2015

Our Pileated Guest


Here's the pileated woodpecker showing off her red crest in the sunshine. She doesn't visit us very often; at least, we don't see her if she does. These large birds are rather shy.

The female does not have the red stripe on the face that the male has. A male one used to visit our yard when we lived in Basye.
Hylatomus pileatus
By the way, today was sunny and somewhat warm. Some of yesterday's snow melted and we were able to drive to the store, thanks in part to a neighbor boy who shoveled a wide path in our driveway late yesterday.

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14 comments:

  1. she's beautiful! great close-up shots!

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  2. What a beauty. We see these up here as well- and hear them more often.

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  3. Oh beautiful! We hear them around here but I've still never seen one except in very quick flight. Great shots... what a treat.

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  4. Isn't she pretty. She looks so proud of herself. : )

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  5. She is gorgeous. I think she likes posing!

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  6. What great shots! She posed just for you. :)

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  7. It's a Woody Woodpecker ... or close. I think those one are bigger.

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  8. Wow what a wonderful capture! They are so wary it's hard to get a good picture of them and they don't often sit still for long! It's always so amazing to see them and realize just how large they are!

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  9. Linda... Awesome photos! How fortunate for you that she was still long enough for you to capture her beauty! Smiles...Susan

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  10. Great shots and congrats on your POTW award . . . :)

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  11. Wish a pileated woodpecker would visit me!! :)

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  12. Wow! That woodpecker is gorgeous. I'd be happy to see such a sight in my yard.

    Karen

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