Monday, November 24, 2014

Hard Headed

Look who paid us a visit! A Pileated Woodpecker! Pileated means "having a crest", and they are the biggest woodpeckers in the country. They drill huge rectangular holes in trees and have taken down small trees and even telephone poles! You would think they have headaches from the constant drumming on trees, but their skulls are specially made for it. You might say they are hard headed! I have turned some of the pictures sideways so you can get a better look.





“At once, Moses fell to the ground and worshiped, saying, “Please, O Master, if you see anything good in me, please Master, travel with us, hard-headed as these people are. Forgive our iniquity and sin. Own us, possess us.”

Exodus 34

23 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

You got some great photos Ginny.

Linda said...

That is so cool!!! We had a feathered friend visit us - IN the house!!! I am amazed this does not happen more often.
We leave our French doors wide open in good weather and today I could hear a rustling in some of the rooms. I think I got a pic of our visitor but it was blurry. It's funny because I took one of those Facebook quizzes that goes around and it said I am 'obsessed' with nature! So be it!!!!

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! Now that is a great bird to have visited your garden and you got great shots of it.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Four words: I AM SO JEALOUS!!

Tamago said...

Hard headed indeed! I love the red crest. It looks like the woodpecker is wearing a red hat :-) We have wookpeckers visiting our home sometimes, but never seen one like this. They peck the foot of the deck. I hope they won't take it down!

EG CameraGirl said...

Very cool, Ginny. I haven't seen any pileated woodpeckers this year...and, yes, I have been looking and listening for them.

Sandra said...

when i saw the title in my feedly line i expected you had ripped off a picture of Bob and decided to use it on your blog.. LOL.... he likes to climb trees to.. seems we are all as hard headed as the Israelite were so many years ago

George said...

We have several Pileated Woodpeckers around our house. We try to keep them happy and well-fed since we have a wooden house and don't want them poking holes in it!

reana claire said...

So nicely taken, Ginny... like postcards and reminded me of National Geographic!

From the Kitchen said...

I think that's the kind of woodpecker "Woody" is. Or, should I say "was" because I haven't seen a cartoon with him in it for decades.

Best,
Bonnie

Nancy Chan said...

Nice pics. Hard-headed caught in the act!

Ruth Hiebert said...

This is a large and beautiful woodpecker. I have seen and photographed them several times.

Catherine said...

Dear Ginny, It really is a blessing to witness these beautiful birds.
xo Catherine

Ann Thompson said...

I've only seen a woodpecker around here once. these are great shots

Betsy Adams said...

Great pictures of the Pileated Woodpecker, Ginny... I love mine.. Have you heard them 'holler' at you from the trees???? The ones who visit me --and eat at the suet feeder--will make themselves known (they are LOUD) before getting to the feeders. Maybe they are telling the other birds that they are coming --so "Get out of the way".... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

photowannabe said...

That woodpecker is huge. Great photos of him.
Amazing how they have heads and necks to withstand the blows.
God is so creative.

Dee said...

Wow...awesome and powerful...I can only imagine the damage they could do to a garage or deck. I want to wish you a Thanksgiving Day filled with blessings and to Thank You for being my blogger friend. I always enjoy visiting your blog :)Dee

Stacey Dawning said...

Hi Ginny! Such a beautiful bird! I hear a woodpecker when I'm at my mom's but I've not been able to see it. Love how bright the red is on his/her feathers!! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They are such pretty birds. Happy Thanksgiving!

Shug said...

Can you imagine the vibrations that must take place in their little heads? Such beautiful birds and very interesting as well...

Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving..

Small Kucing said...

So long i have not seen woodpecker. LOL>..reminds me of the cartoon woody woodpecker show. Used to love that.

Happy Thanksgiving Ginny!

Tanya Breese said...

what a cutie!!! happy thanksgiving!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Every time I see Pileated Woodpeckers I think of the old Woody Woodpecker cartoons, I loved them as a child. You got some great shots of this guy.