Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Bird Dog Reporting!
Good morning all! Remington the Bird Dog reporting on one of the strangest looking birds around. Today it is the the Pileated Woodpecker. This bird is the largest of the woodpecker family. Cool Facts: The Pileated Woodpecker digs characteristically rectangular holes in trees to find ants. These excavations can be so broad and deep that they can cause small trees to break in half. Wow, that would be almost like Paul Bunyan! Just think a bird that is like a lumberjack!
A Pileated Woodpecker pair stays together on its territory all year round. It will defend the territory in all seasons, but will tolerate floaters during the winter. They seem to be a very understanding bird -- to help others in the winter.
Measurements -- Both Sexes, so the girls are as big as the boys!
Length -- 15.7–19.3 inches Wingspan -- 26–29.5 inches Weight -- 8.8–12.3 oz
Those are just some of the facts about this bird. Not all that exciting BUT they look soooo cool! Mike thinks they look like they have a Halloween costume on, funny Mike! So this was appropriate for October, huh? We have these birds in our backyard all year. The pictures were taken from the kitchen window, one of Beth's favorite places to watch the birdies! (By the way in the second picture did you happen to see the Cardinal trying to get in the picture? Just wanted to be in todays report, I guess! Maybe next time little guy....)
Hey, did you know that the character of Woody Woodpecker was created after a Pileated Woodpecker....I wonder if Woody and SpongeBob are friends? I bet they are!
Until next time. Remington -- The Bird Dog -- out!