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Robert Kachurek

Lyndhurst, OH, USA


After logging birds for several hours for the FeederWatch project on a cold November day, I sat down in my office to get other work done. A few minutes later in my peripheral vision, a bird with a large wingspan flew past the window, causing quite a commotion at our backyard feeders. I assumed it was the local Coopers Hawk, but when I moved to a window with a closer vantage point, it was indeed a Pileated Woodpecker – a first-time visitor to our feeders. What a thrill! Its weight pulled the squirrel-proof cage all the way down on the feeder, which was filled with a no-mess blend of seeds from Wild Birds Unlimited, but this did not daunt it. It simply used its long tongue to fish out seeds from between the wire mesh.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker, a first-time visitor to our suburban Cleveland, Ohio back yard. What a magnificent bird!

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