Pileated Woodpecker – 5/17/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/17/23

Observation Time: 8:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Pileated Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Dryocopus pileatus

Comments: I heard this magnificent, large, red-crested woodpecker before I saw it near a dead tree where it had hollowed out a nesting cavity. I watched and photographed it as it made its way to the nest, went in, and then re-emerged.

You will improve your chances of sighting one of these birds by learning their calls and the sound of their drumming, which is different from that of other smaller woodpeckers.

More Information: Audubon Guide to N. American Birds