Aug 212011

Right before the thunder storm rolled in this morning my backyard was literally overtaken by birds.  While I’m used to the occasional visit by a flock of birds, today was different.  I’ve never seen such a variety of birds all at once, tons of Starlings, two or Three Blue Jays, Chickadee’s, and a couple different kinds of Woodpeckers.

Male Pileated Woodpecker (via Wikipedia)

At one point I counted four woodpeckers at once in my backyard.  Did they peck my eyes out?  No.  Did I get a sweet video?  YES

Take note of the bird kung fu battle at 2:30

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I hope you enjoyed this video of a Male Pileated Woodpecker (the big one) and the smaller Female Downy Woodpeckers.

Are you into bird watching in Southeastern PA?  Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Nice video! Your lucky these guys are pecking at the trees and not the house. I had a male pileated woodpecker using the trim on my house as his sounding board to attract his mate one year. The echo between of the pecking between my neighbor’s house and mine was perfect for his purpose of seeking a mate. He left over a dozen holes and came back the following year to do it again. Haven’t seen them in a while, so I guess the offspring moved on.

    • The Functioning Fishaholics

      That’s horrible! Hopefully mine stay in the woods!

  • Once we had a pileated woodpecker doing what he does best on the outside of our shelter in upstate NY at 4am. Extremely loud! NIce video.

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