You can hear the unmistakable, loud hammering of a busy Pileated Woodpecker from quite a distance. As soon as I got out of the car at the refuge, I knew he was there, and followed the sound all the way from the parking lot to the woods several hundred yards away. There he was – hard at work! Here’s some cool information from iBird Plus about this bird, who is the largest Woodpecker in North America:
“Pileated Woodpeckers “drum” on hollow trees with their bills in order to claim territory. They dig rectangular holes in trees to find ants. . . They will make up to 16 holes in each tree to allow escape routes should a predator enter the tree. . . . A group of pileated woodpeckers are collectively known as a “crown” of woodpeckers.”
I didn’t realize the wind and the chatter of another nearby bird would drown out his hammering in this video – but you can certainly see how industrious the Pileated Woodpecker is!!