It was a gorgeous morning when I arrived and was dismayed to see that my usual parking spot was covered by a snow bank. Hmmmph, I thought as I parked somewhere else. I got out of my car and looked toward the wetlands and saw a spot of vibrant red on a tree. I tiptoed over the fence, adjusted my camera settings and there it was. I took a photo and couldn't believe my eyes. At first I thought it was a red bellied woodpecker until I zoomed in more to confirm it was indeed a Pileated Woodpecker!
To make this even more exciting is that there are two of them. I was able to observe them both for about 1/2 and hour and now know their call which is unique to say the least.
I went home to change my clothes because I was soaked (I actually had to sit in the snow to get these photos because I needed to rest my elbows on my legs due to the fact that my camera had to be on full zoom because they were so far away. When I came back all I could hear was the manic call of the woodpeckers. My guess is they know this land very well and I will be seeing a lot more of them this spring. LIFER and a super sweet one at that.
Speaking of super sweet, look what I saw today. My first blue bird of the year! The picture is a little fuzzy but the bird was so far away and when I went to get closer it flew off so I had to settle with this one.
It's funny because the whole reason why I went to the Grafton Cemetery today was to see if the blue birds were back yet. I didn't even think I would see the pileated. It's funny how life works out for you sometimes isn't it. ;o)