This morning I walked part of the Interurban Trail when....
I was suddenly startled by a very loud, deep hollow drum hammering noise, looked up and spotted this woodpecker! Not a dainty tap tap tap or fast brrrrrp no, "Bam Bam Bam Bam" machine gun style! So of course I am scrambling to get my camera out of my fanny pack and trying at the same time to not scare him away. The camera hangs up on something and the bird moves to another snag. I finally get the camera loose, he moves again. I turn on the digital camera, he moves to another snag even more secluded. I hunt for him trying to zoom and focus at the same time and can't find him! Darn, how frustrating!
And then, there he is! A Pileated Woodpecker! My bird book says, "With its flaming red-crest, breathtaking flight and maniacal call, this impressive deep-forest dweller is successful at stopping most hikers in their tracks."!! I'll say, he got my attention! I wonder what he is doing in town?
Speaking of town. Looks like things are getting desperate.