Pileated Woodpeckers sighted near Oxtongue Lake

Pileated Woodpeckers sighted near Oxtongue Lake

A closeup of the red head of a Pileated Woodpecker near Oxtongue Lake

One winter, Bob and I took advantage of the lovely ski trails at Oxtongue Lake to explore the woods along the west side of Patterson’s Bay.  It is there that we located two pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus), a male and a female, working industriously for their breakfast.  In this closeup, the bright red pointed crest is really conspicuous. Read more

Two Pileated Woodpeckers in Algonquin Park

Two Pileated Woodpeckers in Algonquin Park

Two female Pileated Woodpeckers one above the other 2, Algonquin Park - January 2013

One winter, Bob and I went cross-country skiing on the Fen Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario.  As luck had it, we spotted two female Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) working industriously on the same tree in the depths of the forest.  Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest woodpeckers you will find in the wilds of Ontario. Read more