One of the delights of Minnesota birding is the relative abundance of Pileated Woodpeckers. Yesterday, I took this photo out our back window. I am excited every time I see one of these woodpeckers, and I have recently posted on the species.
In many areas Pileated Woodpecker populations are increasing. Forest management favoring older growth forests and retaining large-diameter trees—both alive and dead—contribute to this woodpecker’s survival. In some eastern areas, however, Pileated Woodpeckers are declining due to general habitat destruction (Bull and Jackson 2011).