A Close Encounter of the Pileated Kind
I forced myself to get out for a run today. This was my reward! I can’t believe how close he let me get. I may have gotten closer if I didn’t slip at the end of the video.
A Few Pileated Woodpecker Facts
- They are not migratory.
- Pairs stay together all year.
- They are territorial. (Hear territorial drumming in video below.)
- Their territorial drumming consists of burst of 11 to 30 taps in less than one second.
- They make rectangular holes and nest in them.
- They do not reuse nesting holes from year to year, but other animals use the woodpecker’s abandoned holes.
Pileated Woodpecker’s Territorial Drumming
We had been watching the ripening progress of our first strawberry for the past few days. It was ready for picking this morning. But some rat bastard had already eaten part of it.
*** 6/17/2020 – UPDATE: It wasn’t a rat that ate it. I was a squirrel. I saw one of then in the act. ***
I’m pretty sure this is a Cope’s Gray Tree Frog, as best I can tell by pictures I found online.
Luckily I saw him before I squished him under hand when picking up the water can.
A friend of his wasn’t so fortunate earlier in the evening. Our cat played a little too hard with that poor fellow before we noticed.