At the farthest away corner of our backyard there is a small semi-circle, edged by old logs. In that untended area is a log pile, leftover leaves for mulching and the compost bins. Near winters end, we'd noticed a couple logs beginning to decay and thought to soon replace them.
Those who visit Zoolatry know we are avid backyard-bird watchers ... and last Sunday morning we had a rare and exciting treat observing a Pileated Woodpecker enjoying breakfast for nearly a half-hour at those old decaying logs.
The Pileated is among the larger woodpeckers, averaging 15-16" in size. This is a male, as defined by his red mustache (the female has a white one). Though we have seen him from time to time in our tree tops, this was the closest he had come ~ though the photos remain a bit grainy as he was still shot from a distance.
The old decaying logs will stay awhile longer ...
Thankful for all the birds that visit our yard
and enhance our lives with their songs and their beauty!