Contact Us

Pileated Woodpecker Captured In Oneonta NY [Video]

Pileated Woodpecker in Oneonta

Imagine my surprise this morning as I was pulling up to a red traffic light on the corner of East and Spruce Streets in Oneonta, when I spotted a Pileated Woodpecker, ten feet away on a tree stump!  I had to wonder, was I still in bed, dreaming?  After all, this is a scene one would almost never expect! Lucky for me, my camera phone was handy and I quickly whipped it out and snapped a shot before this rare bird could fly away.  Strangely enough, the Woodpecker really didn’t seem to care that I was only a few feet away in my car.

Pileated Woodpeckers are typically quite shy and are rarely seen, but they sure do love carpenter ants and no doubt, this particular one was hitting the mother-load in the long dead stump of a tree.  Here’s something unusual and cool: Pileated Woodpeckers leave rectangular shaped holes from their pecking.  They are the only bird that does this.  So the next time you are out and about in the woods and see an old barkless dead log on the ground, check it out and see if you can notice rectangular holes in it.

Below is a great close-up video of a Pileated Woodpecker at work.



Best of CNY News

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.