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  •  They really are common as crabgrass (6+ / 0-)

    here in N central Wisconsin.  I'm in the oak-pine woodlands.  Most of our red oaks are suffering from a fungal disease called oak wilt.  These sick trees are magnets for bugs.  Needless to say, it's heaven for all kinds of woodies.

    What's more, I think our pileateds were out sick the day they were supposed to learn their shyness.  (Ditto for the bald eagles, btw.)  I usually only see them after they yak their call and swoop in front of me, not before.

    Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

    by Ice Blue on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 08:43:48 AM PST

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    •  Same here (4+ / 0-)

      My pileateds were never shy, and often very comical.

      I've tried so hard not to make comparisons with Woody Woodpecker, but the pileateds made that nearly impossible. Always up to some kind of antics, including threatening, low flights across the pastures to scare goats or cows or horses with their menacing appearance. Just a complete pleasure to watch because they're not only beautiful, but such rascals!

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