Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds in Nova Scotia. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red head. I saw him on a power pole. He is leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood.

Then I saw him leaving the pole and he flew over on a tree.


  1. Fantastic photo! Such a rare treat to see these birds. The other day, while out for a walk, I caught sight of one in a tree nearby, but alas, my camera takes terrible photos, so I tried to get a bit closer. It was off in a flash before I could even hit the button.

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  2. I love seeing these photos! Thank you for taking and sharing them with us. My extended family shares responsibility for a very old-fashioned cottage next to one of the Finger Lakes in upstate NY. Once when I arrived very early, before any other cousins, TWO of these magnificent birds were hanging out on the edge of of a camping area next to where we park. I had no idea how big — and magnificent — they are until seeing them in person…

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