Foothills of NC Large Bird, First Sighting

by Ann Long
(Asheboro, NC)

Today I saw a large bird fly over but didn't have a camera. I have lived here since 1997 and this is the first time I have seen a bird like it. It is a large bird, like the osprey or turkey vulture. It has a yellow beak, bright red head, and is mostly a rich black color (like a crow) the wings had white center feathers distinct from the black wing feathers surrounding the white. The breast, back, and tail are also black. What is it?

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Nov 21, 2013
Lg bird NEW
by: smabe

I have been seeing pileated woodpeckers in my area of the foothills, Boonville, N.C. this fall. I love their loud call and showy wing span.

Apr 09, 2013
Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus - Lord God NEW
by: Ann

Thank you. He didn't look like the one in my book and I assumed it was another raptor attracted to the abandoned gold mines near here. I had no idea a woodpecker would have such a large wingspan and glide so gracefully. I hope he stays.

Apr 09, 2013
Foothills of NC Large Bird, First Sighting NEW
by: Shirl Abrahamson

You saw a pileated woodpecker. I see them all the time here in Jacksonville.

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