dryocopus pileatus

Recently I visited "the little school"; the infant and toddler school affiliated with Savannah Country Day School where my friend Sarah Butler works. Her classroom rocks. No one has cooler projects displayed, more excellent activities, nor reads a better story than Mrs. Butler. She inspired me with her penguin project (and book) to make this post about the two woodpeckers that I saw yesterday morning.

I believed that seeing two proved to be unique, however, now I know that these dudes travel in packs of two generally , "but will tolerate floaters during the winter." (Strange that both appeared male in this case???? May have been a "floater"...must use this in future to connote unusual pairings; "Oh, she's dating some floater this season.") Also, they count as the largest of the woodpeckers, nearly the size of a crow, and are known for their "rectangular excavations" in dead trees (I guess that means my tree done seen better days). Woody Woodpecker? Pileated woodpecker.

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Just so you know, pileated means "having a pileus" which is a cap or a bell of a jellyfish or a part of a mushroom or a Roman (as in with felt scullcap).