Pileated Woodpecker Sighting!
A few months ago, I was able to watch two pileated woodpeckers in our backyard. I had never seen such large woodpeckers. Their plumes were beautiful. I finally did some research and found out that it is a sight to cherish. The birds are plentiful but I have never seen them in my 30 years of living at this house. An acquaintance of mine said she sees them regularly but she lives in a wooded area. My yard is more what you would call a pasture setting.
From the Indy Parks Nature blog:
The Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, is Indiana’s largest woodpecker. It is sixteen and a half inches in length, almost the size of a crow. It’s size, sleek black back and wings, offset by a red crest, are obvious field marks. The males have a characteristic red “mustache”, which is actually a stripe near the beak. The female’s stripe is black. Another distinct field mark is the large white area under its wing which is viewed when the bird is in flight.