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.

Gallery | This entry was posted in Birds and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s