[CT Birds] Pileated Woodpecker

Orientale, Eugene EOrienta at stfranciscare.org
Sun Jan 30 22:15:39 EST 2011

I spent the weekend clearing snow from my roof... systematically raking the roof, moving the fallen snow away from the house, and repeating myself over and over again. Taking a tip from "This Old House," I was laying pantyhose filled with calcium chloride across my ice dams (see http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/skill-builder/0,,211604,00.html).<http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/skill-builder/0,,211604,00.html%29.>  I did take time to look at my feeders occasionally, and to note a beautiful red tail hawk soaring overhead at one point. But after two days (and over 16 hours of work), I was richly rewarded today. My very last task of the weekend was snowblowing a better path to my backyard birdfeeders. As I did so, a beautiful male pileated woodpecker stopped by in my woods. As a new birder in the past six months, I have to confess I have never seen one. I was thrilled, amazed, and overjoyed by the sight. What a magnificent bird; striking markings, a beautiful undercoat, and enormous size. I have never seen such a large woodpecker in my life!

Eugene Orientale
Glastonbury CT
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