While making a u-turn in a cemetery, to look for Lapland Longspurs I had just seen fly across the road, I observed this beautiful Pileated Woodpecker foraging a few feet off the road. I have seen them foraging in the past and have found remnants of their foraging many times, but I had never been lucky enough to see it at such close range. Their diet consists mainly of ants and other other insects but also occasionally fruits. After the Pileated is fulfilled, there is usually at least one large oval hole with chunks of wood scattered on the ground below.
|The Pileated making contact!|
|You've really got to twist your head to find the best|
|The Pileated with a small morsel.|