Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pileated Woodpecker, Lake Kittamaqundi

We're gonna need a bigger camera. Sorry about the quality of my photos, but maybe they give this the aura of a Bigfoot sighting. Walking around the lake yesterday morning, I spotted this pileated woodpecker flying through the trees within sight of one of the condominium-townhouse communities nearby. This is a large species that prefers deep, mature woods, so it's a little unusual and a treat to see here. Reported to bird club friend and our county natural resources technician. (Largest woodpecker species in America, crow-sized, black and white with striking pointed red cap. But still very hard for me to capture on camera!)