Hunting is not allowed on Sunday in Wood County, West Virginia so I took advantage of a few free hours and headed for the woods. I walked around, didn't see much, just some interesting tracks in the mud. I hardly even heard a bird chirp. Just as I was approaching the edge of the woods, though, something changed.
I thought I heard a high pitched bird song so I stopped to focus my ears. My camera slid up close to my eye just in case I found whomever was making that noise. It was then that an entirely differently pitched call caught my ear. A Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) was flying straight toward me. It stopped short of hitting me, lighting on a nearby tree. I really think it didn't noticed me.
This woodpecker was seriously concentrating on finding a meal.
Next it startled me by flying right past me to another tree, accompanied by its loud, "Eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh!"
No it really hadn't seen me yet. So cool.
It cocked its head to listen better.
Uh-oh. I believe I have been spotted.
A few more bugs were gathered then the suspicious Dryocopus flew off deeper into the woods where a meal could be eaten in peace.