This little guy (okay, not so little–he must’ve been been a foot and a half tall) stopped by our backyard a couple of weeks ago.
A few days earlier I remarked to my wife that we had seen redheaded woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers but that I really wanted to see a pileated woodpecker.
When one showed up, we couldn’t believe our luck! Of course, it helps that we have a couple of large, standing, dead (or at least dying) trees in our backyard which have been on my to-do list to remove since I returned from Afghanistan. And he leaves the most interesting holes in the trees–almost rectangular in shape, about 2×3 inches, and really deep into the tree — 5-6 inches in some spots!
So now I’m loathe to take the trees down and remove the reason our visitor stops by–Perhaps, when spring arrives–if there’s anything of the trees left.