Beautiful rare Pileated Woodpecker at a feeder

Published November 21, 2020 590 Views $0.10 earned

Rumble The pileated woodpecker is a big, dashing bird with a flaming crest, the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct). Excavating deep into rotten wood to get at the nests of carpenter ants, the Pileated leaves characteristic rectangular holes in dead trees. This species became rare in eastern North America with clearing of forests in centuries past, but has gradually increased in numbers again since about the beginning of the 20th century. Where unmolested, it even lives in parks and woodlots around the edges of large cities.
This beauty showed up at a bird feeder in Wisconsin.