Hello Mr. Pileated Woodpecker

As I was eating my breakfast this morning I looked out the window and was surprised and delighted to see a Pileated Woodpecker. At 19 inches, this is Minnesota’s largest woodpecker. They are supposedly quite shy around people. This one was a male, as noted by his red mustache. He stayed for 30 minutes excavating a hole in the neighbor’s silver maple tree, probably looking for carpenter ants. In the afternoon he returned for ten minutes. Additional photos on Flickr.

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4 Responses to “Hello Mr. Pileated Woodpecker”

  1. Kathy Says:

    How amazing you saw this beautiful bird.

  2. Haley Says:


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  4. Marty Says:

    Probably the best look I’ll ever get at this fascinating bird! Just one more reason to move to Minnesota?

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