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Pileated Woodpecker

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By Jamie Harman

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Bird Species

Pileated Woodpecker

Date Photographed

December 2009

Where Photographed

This pileated woodpecker was photographed by me in the woods around my backyard in Pinch, West Virginia. It is mostly deciduous trees - oak, maple, beech, sourwood, dogwood, redbud, etc. We hear and catch glimpses of these beautiful woodpeckers frequently, but this was the first time I was able to get a good photo of one. He was quite striking sitting amidst the snow covered branches.

Tips and Tricks

  • I don't have any tips for winter birding except keep your eyes open. It's easier to see birds when the leaves are gone.

Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding/Wild Birds, says:

It certainly is easier to see birds when the trees are bare, especially such lovely birds as this woodpecker. Winter can be a great season for both birding and photography, but it always takes care and patience in any season.

Try these winter birding tips to make the most of the coldest months!

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