Pileated Woodpeckers are among our favorite birds. We have two pairs nesting in our woods. Their voices still amuse us, sounding more like tropical birds than mountain birds.
A special treat for us is when the parent brings the fledgling to a tree near the suet. After several days of feeding the little bird, the parent flies away, leaving the fledgling struggling on its own to get to the feeder.
Mother and baby
The fledgling (on the left) seems as large as the parent.
Left alone to try its pecking skills.
We are blessed to see these wonderful birds on a daily basis. It makes us only imagine the sight of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker.