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Woody Woodpecker

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And for today's ornithology lesson, I present to you a pileated woodpecker.

 

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"Woody Woodpecker" was one of my favorite childhood cartoons.  I can vividly remember one summer when Mama let me send away for a Woody Woodpecker toy from the back of a cereal package.  I raced to the mailbox every day for weeks until finally it arrived!  (And it wasn't nearly as cool as I thought it would be, of course.)

Woody's character is based on a pileated woodpecker.  I've seen them from a distance a few times, but I'd never had an up close encounter with one until yesterday at Mama's house.  

 

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This one is a male...you can tell by the red stripe by its beak.  Female pileateds have a black stripe instead.

For your bucket of bird trivia...

 


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About 18" or so long, pileated woodpeckers are the largest woodpeckers on the North American continent.

 

 
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They eat bugs out of tree trunks, especially loving carpenter ants which tunnel deep into the wood.  So pileated woodpeckers often make big holes to find their food.

I can tell this is not the first visit this fella has made to this old pine tree stump...look at all those holes!

 

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Mama and I enjoyed watching his antics from her living room window.

 


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A thrill for me to photograph a real life...

...Woody Woodpecker.

 

Comments

Janet

Interesting from our resident bird expert!

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