The Pileated Red Headed Woodpecker
Walking in Florida can be filled with surprises. If you have an interest in photography we suggest you take your camera. My latest adventure started inside my home on a wonderful May evening. This site is called Florida Morning Walks but really the evenings are just as pleasant and even more so when you are able to capture photographs of nature’s surprises.
Selecting the best picture of the largest red headed woodpecker I have ever seen from my living room window proved to be difficult. It is a male Pileated Woodpecker. The word “pileated” is from a Latin word that means capped referring to the bird’s head. Both the female and the male have the red crest but the female does not have the red cheek stripe extending from the bill.
As I watched this bird pecking away in the oak tree by my mailbox, I thought he was building a nest. After researching the type of woodpecker I believe he may have been having dinner. They mainly eat insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae. They especially forage around fallen, dead trees where they can find a variety of insect life. Central Florida is filled with fallen and dead trees at this time because of Hurricane Irma in early September 2017. The waterways were very saturated and many of the trees have turned brown.
On this site it is our goal to share with you beautiful parts of Florida from sea to shining sea – or in our case from the surfing waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the seashells on the shores of the Gulf. As a Florida native, we have many photographs to go through. You may be confused with the references from “I” to “we or our” – that is because I am writing this page but the site is a joint effort with another Florida native. Between the two of us we have over 100 years combined walking or riding bikes around this beautiful State.