Photo of the Week - November 24, 2013
Pileated Woodpeckers
in my backyard
Dryocopus pileatus

Olympia, WA
November 24, 2013

 Sometimes it is worth doing your chores! As I stood at the kitchen window this afternoon washing the dishes I was taken aback to see two male Pileated Woodpeckers swoop into my backyard and land on a maple tree about ten feet from where I was standing! The two birds poked at the bark and moss, dislodging morsels. As they disappeared above the roof line I moved to another window to get a better view. A quick trip to get the camera; I made these images of them on a tree about 20 feet away. Shortly afterwards, they disappeared into the woods as quickly as they arrived.

What a treat!