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Monday, January 20, 2014

Pileated Woodpecker drumming

Pileated Woodpecker, male

We just had a Pileated Woodpecker drumming on our house. Fortunately, it was on the metal roof so no damage done. Drumming is a woodpecker's way of communicating. Woodpeckers do not sing. Each woodpecker species has their own drumming version. In the case of the Pileated, it is a loud continuous drumming sound, trailing off at the end. Drumming is used in pair communication and territorial encounters. It is so thrilling to see a Pileated up close, we did not mind the drumming!

3 comments:

Linda said...

Beautiful photo!

JRandSue said...

What an amazing capture.
John.

Paul Lawson said...

A Pileated Woodpecker drumming on our house? Awesome! I never seen a woodpecker up close like this. Good thing you have a metal roof. You can appreciate the bird without worrying that it might damage your roof. Cool, right?

Paul