I have a neighbor who has a tree stump that she believes is definitely being chomped by pileated woodpeckers, but she has tried all times of day to catch a glimpse of him (or her) ‘in the act’ — to no avail. More from Matthew. In the winter, though, I’ve found that you can often get quite close and observe them undisturbed. We have the pleasure to see and hear them on a regular basis year round . We love the Pileated Woodpecker. Most woodpeckers are non-migratory. Diet: Pileated woodpeckers are primarily insect eaters. It has two sections with small holes spaced in the nest. You can hear them coming way before you see them. Pileated woodpeckers may even occasionally feed on the ground. Ranging across most of continental Europe this species heads south during the fall season and to Africa in the winter. All the varieties have been enjoying the suet based food we leave out for them. I am going to Lake Nockamixon in the middle off May to look for the Pileated. We have 3 different types of woodpeckers that hang out but the pileated is the most elusive one and it’s such a sight to see them. We have seen one three times since 1996 in close by areas. These woodpeckers are easily identified by size, but birders should not… As indicated by the name, the ivory-billed woodpecker has a pale bill, while the pileated woodpecker's bill is dark. You can often see a tree full of holes from a distance (especially in winter) and piles of woodchips will pile up on the snow. A big, dashing bird with a flaming crest, the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct). This time of year, my family enjoys taking a weekend snowshoeing and cross-country skiing outing in the Idaho mountains to the north of our home. Of WV in a location with hundreds of acres of woodland along the Potomac River . Can you recommend a couple of trails or spots were they could be found at this time of year. Our favorite bird by far. Others hibernate or become inactive. Females have the same markings but a black mustache and forehead, and their red crests are somewhat shorter and less brilliant. Nutcrackers, Whitebark Pine, and a Bond That Holds an Ecosystem Together. We live in the eastern panhandle When a member of the pair dies, a new woodpecker can move in and become mates with the surviving member. Pileated woodpeckers are big, striking and entertaining to watch. I have had the delight since we moved near Parry Sound Ontario of frequently watching a pair of pileated woodpeckers. Private landowners, preserve managers and timber companies can all leave a few dead trees for the birds. I have never seen her any other time of year. Pileated Woodpeckers live in mature deciduous or mixed deciduous-coniferous woodlands of nearly every type, from tall western hemlock stands of the Northwest to beech and maple forests in New England and cypress swamps of the Southeast. I live right in the middle of a town so I was very surprised to see this big guy stop on by and check out my young maple tree. I have speculated that this may be the time she is raising a new brood of chicks. The straight, stout, grayish-black bill is a good clue and immediately helps identify this bird as a woodpecker. They listen for ant activity in an old rotting tree and then pound away. She has over 16 years experience writing about wild birds for magazines and websites. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. However, when we returned this spring, the bees were gone, and beside their entry point in the tree, was a large, soccer ball sized hole. Get out there, listen and observe. They are our favorite birds. We have a pair that visit us. I know they don’t migrate so I’m wondering why this is the only time she comes. Last summer a colony of feral honey bees moved into an old ash tree on our cottage property. He is quite friendly on feeders. The drumming of pileated woodpeckers is relatively slow and even, but also accelerates near the end of each sequence. Ivory-billed https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ivory-billed_Woodpecker/id Pileated: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ivory-billed_Woodpecker/species-compare/60408671, They are even rarer here in Northwest IN I seen them a few times and seen the trees they dug into.