Five Photos, Five Stories–Day Five

Five Photos, Five Stories–Day Five
Wild Bird Wednesday–Pileated Woodpecker

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Close-up. Love that red cap!

 

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Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpeckers play hard-to-get, and I’ve been the loser. Until now!

A couple years ago (maybe longer–time flies!) I took a morning stroll through the neighborhood. This was before I carried my camera everywhere, and the reason I currently do. That morning, I heard pounding in a tree next to the sidewalk and looked up to see TWO Pileated Woodpeckers drilling away on a pine tree. I didn’t even know we had these birds in our area. 

On my last two visits to the botanical garden, I caught a glimpse of one, but it was too fast for me. They don’t hang around long when being chased by the paparazzi. 

I saw at least two on a recent trip to the local state park, but once again, when I downloaded the pictures, they were not to be found in them. Drat! A couple days later, hubby and I went there again. This time, the woodpecker was more intent on what it was doing than on what we were doing. I took a lot of shots, but only got a couple worth sharing. But that works for me! 

The Pileated Woodpecker is a large bird, about the size of the American Crow. Here’s more info: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pileated_Woodpecker/id
Be sure to check out the voice recording. You’ll certainly know when they are around! 

This is my last Five Photos, Five Stories post. Today, I nominate Susan from  Coming East. I know she has some wonderful photos, and lots of great stories to go with them. Here are the rules:  1) To post a photo a day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph. And 2) each day, nominate another blogger for the challenge.

 

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

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33 thoughts on “Five Photos, Five Stories–Day Five

  1. I remember when it showed up the last time. I’m glad you were fast enough to catch it this time! They are beautiful but you sure don’t see them much.

    Nancy

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  2. I got excited when I saw a pileated woodpecker. My husband and I spotted one while on vacation in Ocala National Forest in Florida back in probably 1991. We didn’t have a camera with us. You really take great photos, Patti! This one is fabulous. The pilieated woodpecker fascinated me so much that I made it a character in my novel. Without the piliated woodpecker, the boy in the story would not have been rescued. Blessings…

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    • Thanks, Carol Ann. I still haven’t gotten to your book, and I feel so badly about that. I am working more reading (outside of blogs) into my day, so maybe soon!

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    • They are huge. We saw one flying (what a gorgeous sight!) at the botanical garden yesterday. It disappeared into the trees, so, no photographs. Again. Maybe next time!

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