First off, Nutmeg said to tell you sorry she hasn’t been around this week to post on the blog. She’s in a bit of a flicking tail flurry doing repairs on the leaf nest again. She’s having the worst luck with it this year.
But I’m not! So here is your mystery for today:
Send me a message if you know what this handsome bird might be!
We often hear the Pileated Woodpecker before we see him, though this is the largest woodpecker here in the eastern United States. Maybe you can’t tell from the suet feeder, but this bird is the size of a crow! That alone makes Nutmeg and I freeze in our tracks when we’re out on a branch-to-branch run. When I was just a kit, the Pileated’s laughing call was just about the weirdest thing I’d ever heard in the forest.
So keep your ears sharp when out for your ground walks, then scan the treetops–especially dead trunks because these guys eat insects–and check around for crow-like birds.