For the first time in many weeks, I didn't have to work last Saturday morning, so I got to be home and watch some birds. I had just gotten done starting a load of laundry and I heard the unmistakable call of a Pileated Woodpecker. I looked out the patio door and there he was -- on the suet feeder about 3 yards away!
I dashed upstairs for my camera and got some good photos of him on the tree nearby. (See that nice red "mustache?" That's how you tell the males from the females -- females have a black mustache.)
And on one of the other big suet feeders in the backyard.
A female Pileated Woodpecker has been an infrequent backyard visitor in the past, but this is the first time I've seen a male here.
I'm always amazed at how huge these birds are! This suet feeder is about 12 inches long. The long tail prop on this suet feeder makes it really easy for big woodpeckers like this to spend lots of time enjoying a suet treat.
This afternoon Mr. Pileated was back again and decided to check out the "upside down" suet feeder. He had a little bit of trouble figuring out the best way to get suet from this feeder....
But he eventually managed to hang upside down and satisfy his suet cravings.
I really love these big woodpeckers and I'm so glad this guy has decided to start frequenting my backyard. He always announces his arrival with his loud call, so we get some good chances to watch him for the few minutes he's here. Fortunately I stocked up on suet a couple weeks ago and will be watching the ads for future suet sales. I would gladly spend my last dollar on suet if it guaranteed daily sightings of these awesome woodpeckers.