Photo courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology
My neighbor has a pileated woodpecker in his backyard. Woodpeckers nest in cavities and he has large, old growth trees with ample nesting sites. I am more jealous than I can say.
These woodpeckers are larger birds than one might think. Their body size is about the same as a crow but the tail feathers are longer.
They eat grubs, beetles and other insects. Carpenter ants are their favorite, and they excavate large rectangular-sized holes in trees. They also supplement their diets with fruits and nuts.
The famous Woody the Woodpecker character was inspired by these birds. I suppose many of you don't even remember Woody. He was one of my favorite cartoons.