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Pileated woodpecker. This insectivorous bird is a mostly sedentary inhabitant of deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. It is the second-largest woodpecker on the continent, after the critically endangered — and possibly extinct — ivory-billed woodpecker.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Our neighborhood has a pair of little downy woodpeckers and they just go nuts for suet! We have a suet feeder and I swear they get offended when I leave it empty for too long. They constantly fly in to check and see what's on offer. They're the cutest little things in their black and white checks with the little red patch on the back of the head.
We also get the occasional flicker, too.
originally posted by: Lazarus Short
I once lived in an apartment complex which was halfway out of town. A woodpecker would drum on the building's siding, a sort of masonite, and it sounded like someone was operating a power tool. A neighbor blasted it with a 20-gauge, and I know because I found the shell.