A couple of days ago there was a VERY loud pecking sound coming from our Maple Tree. It was a visit from a Pileated Woodpecker. What a beautiful bird. The bird is busy and "shy" so it is hard to get a picture. But this is what they look like. They are huge and the first time I saw one I was amazed and very curious to learn what kind of bird it was.
They don't come by very often but when they do they are a sight to behold. They are unlike any of the other kinds of woodpeckers that we see quite often at our birdfeeders such as the Red Headed, Hairy, Downey and others. They look, in person, more like the Woody Woodpecker" of cartoon fame than other woodpeckers I have seen.
The picture I am showing is one I found on the internet since the one in our tree would not hold still long enough for a decent picture. You can learn a lot more about the Pileated Woodpecker by clicking here.