With all the other important items to talk about I almost forgot to to get back to my animal ABC. This is the Pileated woodpecker. These noisy red crested birds excavate large nests – usually in dead trees. While we may think this is destructive, there are two good outcomes. They eat a large number of boring insects like termites, and they provide nest cavities for other medium to large birds. This woodpecker is the size of a small crow so it should be fairly easy to spot in the woods.
These birds have a wide range of habitats, from western Canada through to the Atlantic (except Newfoundland). You will also find them in the eastern half of the United States. They have been seen as far North as Whitehorse in the Northwest Territories.
Its call sounds like what you usually hear in the jungle movies. You will easily recognize it should you hear it. Its digging/drumming sound is just what you expect – sounds like banging two hollow sticks together very quickly.
So come to PEI and see if you can spot Woody Woodpecker 🙂