Sunday, January 28, 2018


Pileated Woodpeckers are 14 to 16 inches long.  It is fairly unusual to see one on my porch.  On the rarest of occasions, there were three on my porch at one time.  That was years ago.  I do see them at times when I am walking in the woods.  There is something about seeing a Pileated Woodpecker that feels auspicious to me.  This might be the first time I have been able to photograph one.  They are skittish.


37paddington said...

What do the woodpeckers symbolize for you? It’s peaceful I hope.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is so cool in every way. We haven't seen a Pileated in years. Wonderful photo!

am said...

37paddington -- Of all the woodpeckers, it is only the fairly rare sight of a Pileated Woodpecker that seems auspicious to me, symbolizing survival against all odds. The Pileated Woodpecker appears to me to be a living artwork in the formline style of the indigenous people of the Northwest Coast. I would say that it is a peaceful sign of perseverance. An affirmation of life.

robin andrea -- Thank you! Maybe you will see one (or two!) soon. I remember seeing one in Mendocino County many years ago in a forest on the bluffs above the ocean.