This Fridays feathered friend is a Pileated Woodpecker. They are one of the larger species of woodpeckers and can be identified by their black and white striped face and bright red crown/ crest. Males have a red strip across their cheek as well. Pileated woodpeckers live around standing dead wood and fallen logs, this is where they find their main source of food, the carpenter ant. They make large rectangular incisions in the wood, often their excavations are so extensive that they actually attract other species of birds who come to feed as well, and have been known to snap small trees in half.
The Pileated Woodpecker makes its nest holes in older trees because they are larger and offer more protection from predators. They prefer deciduous or deciduous / coniferous woodlands. Generally inhabiting older forests the Pileated Woodpecker will take up residence in younger forests but will make their homes in the older trees that survived the clear cuts. These trees have a high danger potential in the case of lightning, being the tallest trees.
We are happy to have this hard working bird as one of our feathered friends.
The Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary is one of seven Migratory Bird Sanctuaries across British Columbia and is located on the Pacific Landing site.
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