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Pileated Woodpecker At Work

Pileated woodpecker at work.  Photo by John Charles Thomas.
Pileated woodpecker at work. Photo by John Charles Thomas.
Pileated woodpecker at work.  Photo by John Charles Thomas.
Pileated woodpecker at work. Photo by John Charles Thomas.
Pileated woodpecker at work.  Photo by John Charles Thomas.
Pileated woodpecker at work. Photo by John Charles Thomas.
The Aftermath.  Photo by John Charles Thomas.
The Aftermath. Photo by John Charles Thomas.
January 22, 2012

John Thomas took these photos of a lovely red-head, a pileated woodpecker who was hard at work during Saturday's snowstorm.

John writes:
"While shoveling during the snowfall this morning, I witnessed this large pileated woodpecker excavating two large holes on an Academy Avenue tree. This bird was not at all deterred from its work, even with a couple of us shoveling and clearing our drives as the snow fell. I have seen this bird several times, but he/she has normally flown away when I've seen it, so I was surprised that I could continue working outside with my shovel, and not cause alarm to the bird."


Later, John returned to see what the woodpecker had accomplished in a morning of work.   The bird has created two holes, the top one about 12 inches, top to botto, and the bottom one about 7 inches deep!


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Comments:

A woodpecker typus ordinarius operated on my house. Repair $3000.00


posted by porter warren on 01/23/12 at 11:24 AM

Great pics. I saw a pileated on the Grail property last Friday. The bird paid no attention to me as I walked beneath the tree it was working on.


posted by Warren Mumford on 01/23/12 at 5:54 PM

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