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Bob Vuxinic -

Crossville, TN, United States


I was in position to photograph other birds at the tube feeder in the background, when the male Pileated landed on the suet feeder two feet away. Well…one doesn’t look a gift woodpecker in the mouth, as it were — when a picture presents itself, take it!

A Close-up Of A Male Pileated Woodpecker At A Suet Feeder

Pileated Woodpecker male

8 replies on “A close-up of a male Pileated Woodpecker at a suet feeder”

Joan E. Wiitanen says:

We have many Pileated Woodpeckers around but never come close to our 5 suet feeders year after year. Lucky YOU 🙂

Bob Vuxinic says:

It took about 6 years of putting out suet feeders before the first Pileated visited one of mine, but once they started coming, they’ve been regular customers.

Caleb Koser says:

You have a lot of them visiting your feeders. The Pileated that we have don’t visit our feeders. We don’t often see them, but we hear them a lot.

Ophelia Fittz says:

Looking at the photo of the Pileated Woodpecker, I just want to know if this is an endangered Ivory Billed Pileated Woodpecker? I have several around my property but so far all I have seen have a black Beak and this one looks ivory colored.

Bob Vuxinic says:

The light look of the bill is simply a trick of the light. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is almost certainly extinct, although everyone would delight if that weren’t true.

Caleb Koser says:

I don’t think they are common in Tennesee. They lived in the Carolinas. Many reports have come in but they weren’t ivory-billed woodpeckers. Some say their critically endangered.

Wow! Beautiful detailed image of that Pileated! I wish that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker wasn’t on the critically-endangered-possibly-exctinct list.

Aleene Jones says:

Wow! Bob, wonderful great close-up, the colors are so vivid.
Good Job!

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