a ‘new’ Jersey Girl   living life in the Highlands of New Jersey

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pileated Woodpecker Visitation

Yesterday afternoon I was graced with a visit from Mr./Mrs. Pileated Woodpecker! If you look closely in the photo above you can see a newly pecked big wood chip on its chest right by the claw. Its been hanging around this tree for about a week now but my camera battery always turned out to be dead. (My camera is eating battery life these days. Lack of use?)

I had noticed this tree which stands at the back of the grass yard and the beginning of the woods part of the yard some time ago and wondered at its bark loss. It stands out like a sore thumb. I had even gone down to look at it a few weeks back, thinking in my head that it was the work of a bear. But on closer inspeciton I didn't see any claw marks. It looked like it had been chiseled. A few days later I saw the pileated pecking away at it and it became clear that it was doing the damage. Here is a photo so you can see how much of tree is without bark.

This time I had my camera battery waiting and fully charged. I made my way slowly and carefully down the yard in my house slippers, tip-toeing in the snow and below freezing temperatures closer and closer to it until I dared not get any closer. The result is this set of photos. I am thinking that it was worth the discomfort of frozen body parts.

It would sit there cocking its head back and forth, intently listening to whatever bug it could hear moving inside the tree. The attack of the big beak is brutal and deliberate —and loud. What it must feel like inside the bird's head is beyond me! 

I like this last pic because you can see the wind blowing its crest.

A truly magnificent bird, and one that I will miss when we move. We are so lucky to have them in the neighborhood, and even better in my yard!

About

Welcome, I'm Lynne. My blog captures my experiences of living in the way-out suburbs of New Jersey through my words and through my photography. I hope that reading my blog will change your perception of my newly adopted state.

© 2006-2013 'new' Jersey Girl All photography and text on this blog is copyright. For use or reproduction please ask me first.

If you’re new to this site and wish to read the blog entries in chronological order, click here.

Membership

Login  |  Register
June 2017
S M T W T F S
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  

Search

Recent Comments

  • It’s a great feeling to know your old house is going to make memories for…

    Posted to: ‘Westward, Ho!’ by Steve R. on 05/13/2016

  • Lynne,

    I just sent Rick a message and wish you both the best in…

    Posted to: ‘Please Keep Following Me!’ by Bob Manthei on 05/10/2016

  • Bless you Steve, you are the only one who comments anymore!

    I am glad…

    Posted to: ‘Eye Exam’ by Lynne on 03/13/2016

  • Glad you aced your eye exam! I too was conned into buying an unnecessary pair…

    Posted to: ‘Eye Exam’ by Steve on 03/13/2016

  • Signs and omens, indeed!

    Posted to: ‘Signs’ by Steve on 03/08/2016

Comment Leaders

  • Lynne - (1538)
  • Carolyn Clarke - (369)
  • Steve - (351)
  • Susan Weyler - (310)
  • Joyce Roberts - (261)
  • Reya Mellicker - (247)
  • Debra - (230)
  • lettuce - (206)
  • Susan in WA - (204)
  • Jan - (185)

Share

Archives

Statistics

  • Page Views: 3379974
  • Page rendered in 0.7239 seconds
  • Total Entries: 2531
  • Total Comments: 6506
  • Most Recent Entry: 06/26/2017 12:38 pm
  • Most Recent Comment on: 06/25/2017 03:42 pm
  • Most Recent Visitor on: 06/28/2017 01:21 pm
  • Most visitors ever: 248 on 12/25/2015 05:24 pm

Syndicate