Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Pileated Woodpecker

The other day
I heard a loud tap tap tap
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above me in an oak tree,
like a jackhammer.

I looked up.
There was a pileated woodpecker,
like the cartoon character
I grew up with as a kid.

A crow sized bird,
a memorable sight
zebra-striped head and neck,
Long bill, red crest.

It hopped around the tree
It continued to peck.


Being the “city girl” that I am I don’t think I have ever seen a woodpecker up-close and personal.

© 2012 Catherine Giordano


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An actual woodpecker from http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov