Posted by: atowhee | November 10, 2013

CHAMPION WOODWORKER

At Ankney NWR today we got to watch a Pileated Woodpecker at work. Chopping from the right, then chopping from the left, enlarging a hole already several inches long in a dead tree’s trunk. Who could axe for anything more?PILE1

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Unless they prove the Ivory-billed Woodpecker really does survive somewhere in a hidden bottomland forest, the Pileated retains his title as the largest Woodpecker in North America.pile7

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After some more chopping the Pileated climbed to the top of the dead tree.
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And there the natural carpenter proceeded to pluck the sawdust out of his plumage before flying off into the nearby dense forest with a series of loud calls, in case anybody had not noticed him already.
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Responses

  1. Nice! I got my first good look at a Pileated in awhile earlier today on the trail to Wagner Butte.

  2. Bad pun + good photos = fun post.


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