Yesterday I returned from a walk and heard this pounding of sorts. As I approached I saw this huge woodpecker, hacking away at a big tree. My dad told me that it is a pileated woodpecker. They eat carpenter ants and beetles and they like old dead trees, which is probably where there are ants and beetles.
The pileated woodpecker can be found in most parts of northern California, Washington,Canada, and most eastern parts of the United States.
This bird was very busy at pecking at the wood and didn’t even notice me below him for quite some time.
Keeping clicking on a picture to enlarge it.
You can also view a couple videos I shot of the pileated woodpecker in action.