22 January 2009

The Modern Day Tetradactyl

The pileated woodpecker

Nearly a foot and a half long, the pileated
is almost the size of a crow.

This woodpecker is found in
deciduous or coniferous forests with large trees.
A pair will stay together year round and defend their territory
which can be as big as a couple square miles.

The Pileated Woodpecker digs characteristically rectangular holes in trees to find ants.
This work was done over a span of a few weeks.

Wood shavings from the pileated's handiwork.

Pileated woodpeckers can be attracted to birdfeeders by offering suet.

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