It was about 60 degrees, sunny and no wind. An absolutely delightful day and my walk was marvelous. I had just noticed a number of blue jays pecking around under cover of a brush pile. Then I noticed a bright red cardinal (one of my favorite birds). About this time, another bird swooped in front of me. It was a pileated woodpecker. These birds are beautiful and big! It was such a special moment! I stood there in awe for a minute.
Here are the specs on these birds. They're found in the Eastern US and along the West Coast.
- Length: 15 inches
- Very large (crow-sized) black and white woodpecker
- Prominent red crest at rear of head
- White throat
- Entirely black body plumage at rest except a white line that extends from bill down sides of neck to upper flanks