Or should I say Woodette?
Something caught my eye hopping up and down the large Pine tree out one of our back windows. I couldn't believe it when I saw what it was. I've only seen one once in our yard several years ago during the winter.
This is a female Pileated Woodpecker. According to my bird book they are unusual to see even in forests or parks, although their pecking/drilling noise is commonly heard in wooded areas.
Also, according to my book Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound, they usually require mature trees and up to 1000 acres to settle. Occasionally they can adapt to suburban areas.
Pretty amazing to see one in a park, let alone my own backyard which is far from 1000 acres! I read on the internet that they are very shy and "careful stalking" is usually required to see one.
They can be 16 - 19 inches, and this one definitely seemed to be on the larger end of the scale. They are the largest Woodpecker in North America after the Ivory billed Woodpecker.
She spent her time checking out a bird feeder and birdhouse. Even pecking to check for insects.
One last look around and she took off.
I wonder how many times I've missed other birds that have visited when I wasn't home or not looking. Seeing her and being able to take some pictures was definitely a great part of the day.