Friday, February 12, 2016

Pileated Woodpecker Holes

Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus

Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest woodpecker in North America.

In a search for insects, usually ants, the Pileated Woodpecker excavates large often rectangular holes in trees. The larger stout beak chisels off big chunks of wood. The holes are usually in living wood and are often within a few feet of the ground.
The holes in the photo below created a "face" with two eyes and a mouth. 

Elbroch M and Marks E. Bird Tracks and Sign. Stackpole Books. PA. 2001. 

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