This woodpecker going to town on a tree outside my office 🔥🔥🔥

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23 Feb 2018 02:23 - +3484
Imagine having to bashing your head against a tree for hours on end just to get a small meal.
23 Feb 2018 02:16 - +781
Looks like a Pileated Woodpecker. They are pretty big up to 20" tall or so IIRC.
23 Feb 2018 02:26 - +744
The wood boring beetle in that tree must have fucked his woodpecker wife or something
23 Feb 2018 02:20 - +319
That's a pileated woodpecker. They are the largest extant (living) North America woodpecker species! Assuming that the Ivory-Billed woodpecker is in fact extinct, at least. Looks like this one might be excavating a nest, although given the time of year it might still be a bit early for that. Super cool!
23 Feb 2018 02:26 - +160
23 Feb 2018 03:01 - +138
Wife wants a 3 story townhome.
23 Feb 2018 03:44 - +107
23 Feb 2018 02:33 - +101
Fuck these birds so much. I have been at war with them since I've moved into my home. They love the wood siding so much.
23 Feb 2018 04:07 - +62
This is very interesting timing for me. I went out to my car this morning and on the ground was a Woodpecker in obvious distress. I went and got some gloves to get a closer look at him. His head was twitching, his eyes moving rapidly, he had no balance. He let me pick him up without protest. I think he may had eaten poison or he was sick with some kind of disease. My first thought was poison because my idiotic neighborhood association sent a newsletter letter out a few months ago which had a section talking about the mole problem. Their suggestion was to put out poison, on the ground where cats and birds could easily access it. That's a whole other post......I emailed them, got an idiotic reply, etc, etc. Anyway, I didn't want to leave him out there so I put him in a box, covered with a towel and put him in the spare room. I emailed some wild bird sanctuaries but when I went to check on him he was gone. I can attest that they have VERY long tongues. His tongue was hanging out and it was over 2 inches long. So then I had a dead Woodpecker I didn't know what to do with. Throwing him in the garbage just didn't feel right so I go get a shovel and dig a hole in the backyard and buried him. So that was how I spent my morning today. RIP Woodpecker.
23 Feb 2018 03:07 - +30
Y'all ever see that video of that woodpecker eating that baby birds brains? Lmao
23 Feb 2018 02:11 - +29
Wow, if the snow and the woodpeck are any clue, you must have one helluva view from your office
23 Feb 2018 03:07 - +21
Never skip beak day
23 Feb 2018 03:42 - +14
23 Feb 2018 02:38 - +11
Poor guy has CTE
23 Feb 2018 02:12 - +8
23 Feb 2018 03:38 - +7
I wouldn't get any work done. I'd be watching that guy all day.
23 Feb 2018 03:27 - +6
Based on the same type of woodpecker that almost cut down a tree by our house, it’s looking for those sneaky carpenter ants hiding from the cold. Ours put 5-6 deep holes and then made each one of those deeper by the day until we cut the tree down. [Woodpecker trying to cave in house]( (This is before the extra 4 holes)
23 Feb 2018 04:43 - +6
Pileated Woodpecker! They're known for doing this, it's awesome. Seeing one is on my bucket list! They're also [HUGE!]( Here's one just destroying a tree: Also here's a timelapse of one making a home: I LOVE the shot at the end showing all of the wood chips
23 Feb 2018 03:44 - +5
Mating season in the Pacific northwest is hell, they use everything to make noise. Listening to them run from a gutter to a stove pipe on the roof is kinda hilarious though.
23 Feb 2018 04:27 - +5
If they create a big enough hole, look for a Barred owl to move in! They’re known to live in holes created by that species of woodpecker
23 Feb 2018 03:58 - +5
New science shows that woodpeckers do get concussions.
23 Feb 2018 04:01 - +5
"Fuck this tree in particular."
23 Feb 2018 04:10 - +5
Fuck yo tree!
23 Feb 2018 04:21 - +4
I go birding all the time and the Pileated Woodpecker is one of my favorite birds. It sounds like a jackhammer and the bird is crow sized. You can hear the thing call from a mile away.
23 Feb 2018 03:48 - +4
Metal AF
23 Feb 2018 04:30 - +3
I wonder if the repeated impacts on the woodpeckers brain cause some form of CTE like in football players.
23 Feb 2018 02:55 - +3
Imagine the head these guys give.... Bird to bird of course
23 Feb 2018 04:53 - +3
I wonder what my brain tastes like.
23 Feb 2018 04:49 - +3
I came here expecting a beat i was disappointed :(
23 Feb 2018 03:06 - +3
I read this as woodpecker going down on tree. Either way seems painful for the poor tree.
23 Feb 2018 03:53 - +3
Absolute unit that bird.
23 Feb 2018 05:24 - +3
Ecologist flying in! Woodpeckers have pretty amazing head anatomy. They have spongey bone concentrated on their heads that is likely a dampener for the impacts we see our friend in the making. You need a shock absorber when slamming your beak into a tree repeatedly! Some of their beaks are also uneven, longer and stronger on the bottom to divert vibration down and away from the brain ([beak photo]( Speaking of brains, their brains are in a very compact space in their heads, so little wiggle room to slam back and forth from impacts. They also have extra long hyoid bones which wrap around the head and sometimes up to the eyes to aid in shop absorption. Following the hyoid bone, their tongue also wraps around the braincase ([here's a great illustration showing this](
23 Feb 2018 04:50 - +3
Sucks without sound
23 Feb 2018 04:48 - +2
Imagine being able to put a hole in a solid piece of wood with your nose.
23 Feb 2018 04:01 - +2
Is your office in a squirrel’s nest?
23 Feb 2018 04:02 - +2
That’s a Pileated Woodpecker 👌🏻
23 Feb 2018 03:29 - +2
He can access the town from the holes in the tree?

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