Today, I was in the upper parking lot of St. John’s Anglican Church on Brock St and noticed that a picnic table below a tree was covered with wood chips and up the tree was a Pileated Woodpecker. He had removed the bark for about 12 inches up the limb and about 7 inches wide ! This was about 9 am . I watched him for 5 minutes, took his picture and he just continued to make the chips fly! At about 2 pm I returned and he was still at it, only he had cut a hole 12 inches x 7 inches x 7 in.deep and was still working away .I went home and brought my wife to have a look and he was stiil at it at 2.30 pm – what stamina ! must of had a head ache or a sore neck. I took a picture with his head in the hole!

Location: Peterborough
Observer: Bob Hinton

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.