Pileated Woodpecker Drinking

After years of trying, I was delighted to finally photograph pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) along the Pacific Crest Trail near Burney Falls in Shasta County CA. (See “Pileated Woodpecker” 08-15-14 and “Pileated Woodpecker Continued” 08-18-14) Now that I know where to look, I can usually find piliated woodpeckers in that area.

One day I watched a male pileated woodpecker as it fed on various shrubs along Burney Creek and drank from the creek. The rock the woodpecker stood on to drink was white with guano, which makes me believe he often uses that particular rock.

Although this woodpecker’s crown and crest are red, the red malar stripe which also identifies a male pileated woodpecker is not obvious in these pictures. However, other pictures which I took of the same bird do show the red malar stripe clearly.

I covered pileated woodpeckers extensively in the previous two posts and will not repeat myself. Enjoy pictures of a pileated woodpecker feeding and drinking.

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