Saturday, October 01, 2011

Pileated Pair at ilk Creek

Pileated Pair, from photos by Scott Carter out the window of his spare room at Silk Creek.  Watercolor, by me, Mary Taitt, in Ballookey's Mole.  Click image to view larger.  The male pileated is perched on the outside of the house, threatening his own reflection, which he takes as another male.  Click image to view larger. 5 x 8.  Haven't had time to do much blogging because of our two floods.  :-(


bluerose said...

Great painting! Is that one of the larger varieties of woodpecker? It looks like the one that a client of mine has hanging around her house. I had never seen one that big before.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...


Yes, the pileated are among the biggest woodpeckers, and loud, too. They make rectangular holes.

bluerose said...

Yep, that's the one my client's been seeing. Many of the trees are dying because of the drought, so the birds are searching for food and water more often in populated places now.

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