World Bird Wednesday - Living in the past / Pileated Woodpecker
In early 2006 (how can it be over six years ago!) I spent a couple of weeks with a friend of mine in Ohio. I presented some workshops with him, spent some time in his school and spent more than a few hours watching the birds in his yard.We were both teachers then – now he is occupied with busy retirement and I work in research.
As I have mentioned in more than a few comments on other people posts (sorry Gary!) we have no woodpeckers in Australia and I miss them.Back in the UK there are only 3 species of woodpecker you can expect to see on a regular basis, and only two of those are common enough not to be considered a red-letter bird.So a cracking black woodpecker, with a cartoon red crest, weighing in at about the size of a chicken was always going to attract my attention.
These may not be the best pictures I have posted, but they do hold a special place. I hope you enjoy them.