With "The Kid" off to college, the Easter Bunny didn't leave a basket this year but we did receive a visit from a pileated woodpecker! We have two pileated woodpeckers that frequent our suet feeders. One is much bigger than the other; our visitor today was the biggest of the two. I've tried to snap photos of them for quite some time now but these monsters are very skittish birds. Even when they are focused on suet they still see the slightest movement inside the house. They're usually gone before you can grab the camera.
Last week, we made a quick trip to the farm to visit "The Kid" and my folks. Over morning coffee, I told Grandpa Pillywiggin about our two pileated woodpeckers. He was surprised that they came to our suet feeders. He agreed they were skittish birds. He had only seen them deep in the woods. I'm excited to show him these photos!
We have two suet feeders outside of our dining room window. We fill the feeder closest to the window with songbird suet. On the farthest tree we hang woodpecker suet. (Although, I'm not sure what the difference is beyond .29 cents.) Today, our pileated woodpecker chose to dine off the songbird suet just outside the window. I won't begrudge the Easter Bunny for skipping over us this year. Our visit from the Easter Woodpecker was a rare treat.