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.


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

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