Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers in Minocqua, Wisconsin
by Darlene Batwinski
(Minocqua, Wisconsin, USA)
We have a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that come to our back yard. I have three large suet feeders that are connected together, and I made some homemade peanut butter suet and hung them high against a tree just off our patio. We usually have one Pileated Woodpecker that comes almost every day, but the other day we had two Pileated Woodpeckers pecking from either side of the tree at the suet. I tried to snap their picture, but was inside the house, and the flash caused a glare in the photo.
Also, a few weeks ago, one of the Pileated Woodpeckers was pecking at the suet, and when he was finished eating, he called out to his mate, and you could hear the other one call back to him, and then he flew off in that direction.
They are so interesting to watch, and they almost look prehistoric! They are very large birds. We live in a very wooded area with lots of very tall trees, pine trees, lakes, etc. We also have lots of eagles in our area as well as deer.
You are very fortunate!