Pair of Pileateds

Pileated Woodpeckers, Bruce Stambaugh, birding,

Pair of Pileateds. © Bruce Stambaugh 2014.

When I hear that distinctive, penetrating squawk outside, I usually grab my camera and head to a window at the rear of our home in Ohio’s Amish country. A Pileated Woodpecker, or maybe two, is brashly announcing its arrival. As a birder, I have been fortunate to have Ohio’s largest woodpeckers coming to the feeder regularly year-round. They especially frequent the feeder in the summer when the parents bring a juvenile to the peanut butter suet feeder that hangs from the backyard sugar maple tree.

I have had all three birds near the feeder at the same time, but never on the feeder simultaneously. As you can see, I can no longer say that.

When I glanced out a window recently after hearing that call, I was pleasantly surprised to see both the male and the female on the feeder opposite one another. Even as an average birder, I knew this was a very rare event. Most birders long to even see a Pileated Woodpecker, much less have them as a yard bird. Pileateds are normally shy birds that keep to the deep woods. Why this pair feels safe in visiting my backyard, I don’t know. I’m just glad they do. I know I was extremely fortunate to have both the male and the female together in the same photo.

“Pair of Pileateds” is my photo of the week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2014

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10 responses to “Pair of Pileateds

  1. Gail Brown

    I think they come because you feed all of your guests so well! Not a common sight at our feeder. Plenty of visits from hairy and downy but not these big ones. Great shot.

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  2. You are a lucky birder! And a great picture too!

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  3. These are beautiful, what a great photo. I get pileateds where I live, too, and love to watch them.

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  4. Dick Beery

    This is starting to be a problem. Posing stuffed Pileateds!! How many can you fit on your feeder? 🙂

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