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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three grand mother of four, and have been married to the same man for 48 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Monday, February 21, 2011


I had changed to go to the gym and was just about to sit down to a late breakfast when I noticed them -- not one, but two pileated woodpeckers on the pin oak on our yard.

I grabbed my camera (I really need a zoom lens) and stealthily ran outside in my shorts.  Of course as soon as I approached they flew, but I was still able to get a couple of shots deeper into the woods.

I apologize for these -- you'll have to look closely.  He's to the left of the big trunk.

This one is up in the tree...

...and then I realized how cold it was!


George said...

Do you have a suet feeder? We get Pileated Woodpeckers at our suet feeder on a fairly regular basis. These are some good first pictures, but I hope you get that zoom lens.

Lena said...

To catch a bird at all is good!! Fun to have the camera at hand to capture these moments isn't it?

Bilbo said...

I must ask the obvious (to me, anyhow) question: is a pileated woodpecker one that suffers from avian hemorrhoids?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't see him in the first photo but did in the second two. We had two pileateds sit on the railing of our back deck when we lived in King's Contrivance... Awesome birds, but of course they were gone by the time I found my camera. They generally travel in pairs.

lindal said...

Those big guys can turn a tree trunk into a dugout canoe in a short time