Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pileated Woodpeckers at Mountain Lakes

The FOPOS summer intern and I saw a pair of pileated woodpeckers at Mountain Lakes Preserve yesterday, flying low to the ground from tree to tree, lingering nowhere for long. These is the largest woodpecker species in the eastern U.S., unless one believes that the ivory billed woodpecker still lives in remote forests of the south. This is my second sighting of a pair of these impressive birds at Mountain Lakes in four years.


  1. Steve
    I live on Bouvant Drive, just above the path down to Mountain Lakes. I see a pileated woodpecker in my yard about every 3 months or so. It is a large beautiful bird and for some reason thinks that my windows and screens harbor insects. I can hear and see it knocking on a window with its beak and I can see
    holes in the screens.
    Elliott Lieb

  2. I remember red-bellied woodpeckers (actually, the red is on the back of their necks) pecking on houses. That a pileated, which I think of as shy and preferring deep woods, would come knocking on your door, or window, certainly rattles my preconceptions.

  3. I live in Denville right off Rt. 46 and I had a Pileated in my front Oak Tree this weekend. Last one I saw was a couple years back in the woods across the street from my house.