Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpeckers are our favorite woodpecker visitors to our winter feeder. Numbers of this crown-sized species depend on the presence of large, dead or deteriorating, trees. The birds use these trees for nesting and roosting. The woodpeckers suffer when forests are clearcut or if older trees are removed. Pairs defend their territory all year. Individuals do not abandon territories even if mates die (Bull and Jackson 2011).


  1. This bird made some enormous holes in my tree close to my house. So yesterday I walked outside with my shotgun, stop don't go there.... They are beautiful creatures. I have a pair nesting in a dead pine. They have made a few home modules to house the male and female who is rearing some little one. I am fascinated each time I see them exit the tree.

  2. Woodpecker holes in your house usually means carpenter ants!