We still have lots of snow on the ground, and most of the wildlife that lives here in the summer is quite happily ensconced in our lower valleys, but we do have a few “resident” birds who are willing to “tough out” our wicked Montana mountain winters. We keep bison bones and fat out on the porch for the Clark’s Nutcrackers, mountain chickadees and occasional Hairy woodpecker, so we see and hear them all winter long. But this morning we got a surprise when a pileated woodpecker stopped by the house and gave his ringing call (sounding much like a very loud flicker)! That’s a first for us to see this huge woodpecker here and it just made our day (though I wasn’t anywhere near fast enough to get a photo, so you’ll have to check out the link to see what this uncommon bird looks like).
Pileated Woodpecker Sighting at Wild Echo Bison Reserve March 3, 2010