Pileated Woodpecker - female
I was thrilled to see this beautiful, huge woodpecker eating from the suet feeder in early March 2007. It is the largest of the woodpeckers in our area. It is not hard to see how this bird was the inspiration for the "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon series! These large woodpeckers often drum on wood siding on houses and on gutters, they are just marking their territory they are not eating the house!