Startled by a Pileated Woodpecker

As I walked out the door this morning, arms overflowing with handbag, coffee, water bottle, lunch, day planner, and camera over my shoulder (yes, I could use a tote), a large black bird swooped out of the fir tree and flew straight at me. I think he was as startled as I, because once he spied me, he veered off landing on this small birch.


It was then I realized it was a pileated woodpecker. I managed to fumble everything into the car and snatch up my camera and snap these shots before he flew out of sight. A first sighting at Downeast Thunder Farm!


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3 Responses to Startled by a Pileated Woodpecker

  1. George says:

    Wow, I’m impressed! I have not seen one yet with absolute certainty. I think I might have seen one flying in the woods once, the bird was the right size and shape but it was so fast I could not make a positive identification.

  2. Debbie says:

    I used to see pileated woodpeckers when I lived in NY state. I moved to east central Illinois in 2006 and have missed hearing and seeing those beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  3. Anita Smith says:

    I am blessed to have a pair of pileated living near me, so I see them frequently here in Central Va. So glad you saw one up there! I love them.

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