"Pileated Woodpecker" Holes in Cedar Tree

February 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Walking thru the woods on a recent morning I noticed shavings around the base of a quite large cedar tree (the tree is about 3 & a half feet across towards the base).  "What the heck" I thought.. As I looked up the tree I noticed several holes in various stages of creation.  The holes were too high for a person to make - so I knew it was a critter of some sort.  A woodpecker was my first thought - but the shavings were so large I didn't think there could be such a big woodpecker..  An inquiry to my Uncles settled it:  my Uncle Mel confirmed it was the work of a "Pileated Woodpecker."  Apparently the bird isn't nest building, but drilling into the "heartwood" for insects and grubs..  What a powerful bird..!


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