Just a little while ago I was standing in the kitchen when Ben came running up the deck stairs, threw open the door, and said, "Hey Honey, can you come here and look at this bird?"
The bird's life flashed before my eyes as I imagined the worst—that Pete had tortured it almost to the point of death but not quite. Or that it had flown into a window (we've seen that a thousand times) and it was twitching on the ground, peeping out its last peeps.
Instead, when I got to the deck, Ben was pointing out into the woods where there's a fallen tree and a big pile of sawdust. In it, a pileated woodpecker had struck the avian mother lode and was feasting away. As we watched, he flew up and landed on the side of a tree. Then we saw him fly off, and if you think that's no big deal, it's because you've never seen a pileated woodpecker take off from the side of a tree. They do a backward dive with a half twist so they wind up flying belly-down like they're supposed to. I wish I'd gotten it on film (or SD card), but you'll have to be satisfied with these cut-rate photos.
Pileated woodpeckers are quite large birds, adults being 16–18 inches long and they make a sound like a crazy jungle animal laughing. Don't you wish you had some?