Yesterday’s Bird

Pileated woodpeckers are not rare, but I have seen them only three times.

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Once something over 20 years ago, as we drove along the Natchez Trace, a pileated woodpecker appeared ahead of us, flying slowly across the road and into the woods in the park.

Once, last summer, in a park in Wisconsin, we heard the drumming in the woods, then saw the bird flying among the trees as we left.

But yesterday morning, as we sat on the patio, a pileated woodpecker flew into the trees at the edge of our property. It flew from tree to tree, then settled for a while on a rotting log by the path, pecking quietly. Then it flew on, into the neighbor’s yard and beyond.

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One thought on “Yesterday’s Bird

  1. Pileated woodies are great birds and look like the extinct (?) Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The ? is because there is discussion as to whether or not the some have survived. A friend of my human, Dr. R. Fulton, has been with Cornell, and other orgs that have been involved in the search. Thankfully, the Pillies are doin’ well. Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

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