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!