Sunday was such a nice day that I decided to walk to the gym to work-out. Generally, we walk to the gym through a little park which the gym backs onto. On the way home from the gym, I heard this really weird bird call and some sounds above me. I decided to look up into the tree to see what kind of bird was there. And there was the bird… right above me on the tree. It was a pileated woodpecker (not that I knew that at the time but I do now thanks to Google). I decided to watch it because I had never seen such a bird. The bird was obviously looking for food and started to hop down the tree… that’s right… down the tree… He kept hopping and hopping down the tree until eventually he was at the height of my head then my waist then he decided that the dead tree trunk at the foot of the tree might very well have some yummy critters in it. He hopped onto the tree trunk and pecked at until he tore off the bark to get the critters beneath. He did this several times before he flew away. This bird was not more than 10 or 15 feet away from me while he was on the ground. It was absolutely incredible.
In case you are interested and want more information: Pileated Woodpecker