Prince took these pictures a week ago but I had not had a chance to post them.
We have lots of little Downey Woodpecker who visit the porch daily with Red Belly Woodpeckers and a few Hairy Woodpecker and a occasional Sap Sucker Woodpecker. On some occasions we have even had the ground feeder, Flicker Woodpeckers to join the others on the porch. But to see a Pileated on the porch was wonderful.
When you venture outside, you can hear the Pileated funny sound and if you search up in the trees, you can locate them. Several times I have seen them from the kitchen window high up in the trees. When I do see one, I grab the handy binocular and enjoy the show .
Only once in my years on this planet did I get close to one actually it was two. I was headed to the garbage can with a sack of trash from the kitchen when I rounded the corner of the garage and there at eye level were two Pileated Woodpecker chasing each other around this large walnut tree. I was within six feet of them. Both of them stopped and so did I. I was in awe of them. Then they flew away. As I lifted the trash can lid to deposit my sack, I looked down the hill and within twenty feet was a big doe standing stock still. I told her that I saw her and put the lid back on the trash. I was smiling the rest of the day from my wildlife gifts.
The Kitty Justice is you never know when they will appear so keep looking.