Backyard Bird Spotlight – Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
I’ve been getting a regular visitor at my bird feeding station. In the photo is a female Pileated Woodpecker who arrives every morning while I drink coffee and eat breakfast. The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. They are also keystone species that create nesting and roosting cavities for many birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
It has been such a joy to have breakfast with this female Pileated Woodpecker. The log suet feeder is from Wild Birds Unlimited of Amherst. The log feeder attracts and feeds woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees. I have a suet cylinder dough in the flavor Nuts & Berries. The starlings and grackles tend to leave this vertical style feeder alone because they have trouble clinging to the resin log.
Check out our Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Bird Finder to see where refuge visitors recently spotted this species on the refuge.
Sierra Forest Legacy. (2008). Pileated Woodpecker. Retrieved from Sierra Forest Legacy: https://www.sierraforestlegacy.org/FC_SierraNevadaWildlifeRisk/PileatedWoodpecker.php