Pileated woodpecker, as seen by Dave Tettleton.

Pileated woodpeckers are such striking birds, and their distinctive calls can be heard on the Mendonoma coast. They are our largest woodpecker. Dave Tettleton spotted one pecking on a downed tree recently.

Pileated Woodpecker by Dave Tettleton

You can see the rectangular hole this Pileated has made. The bird is looking for its favorite food, carpenter ants and other insects. Here is a close-up of one taken by Craig Tooley. Once again you can see the rectangular opening it is making. Isn't it a beautiful bird?

Pileated Woodpecker DEC2 by Craig TooleyTo hear the call of this bird, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pileated_Woodpecker/sounds

Thanks to Dave and Craig for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com

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