So I came home from a meeting to pick up the bags for grocery shopping, and as I got out of the car, something flew over my head. I looked up, expecting a hawk. But there, perched on the trunk of my neighbor's tree, was a pileated woodpecker!
I just stood there and gaped for a while--probably quite a while. He hacked at the tree and was clearly eating something. Some other woodpeckers and nuthatches were also out--the little downy that hangs out here, a red-bellied, and a few "hanking" nuthatches.
Wow! A pileated woodpecker!
I am so excited because in all my years of being interested in birds, I've never seen one. Bruce has, and my boys have spotted them in the alley behind the house. But I haven't. It's kind of crazy, really. In fact, when I got back from the grocery store, Eli came home from school and said "hey Mom, there's a pileated woodpecker out in the alley again. I can show you where it is." :-)
I'm hoping to see that bird again soon!