I was able to capture this photograph of the Pileated Woodpecker at the very moment he seem to be giving me the stare down. He continued his search for insects on this dead stump for only a few more seconds before launching into the air and disappearing into the forest.
The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a very large North American woodpecker, almost crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast. It is also the largest woodpecker in America.
The call is a wild laugh. Its drumming can be very loud, often sounding like someone striking a tree with a hammer. This bird favors mature forests and heavily wooded parks. Thank you for your time and interest in my work and as always all your comments are welcomed.