Ever since learning there was a woodpecker larger than the red-headed woodpecker, which at that point in my life was the only woodpecker I had paid much attention to, I've tried to locate and photograph the Pileated Woodpecker.

They are very elusive and it seemed I was never in the right place at the right time. They always seemed to show up just before sunset when the light wasn't to my advantage, which makes for one blurry photo.

So here, are two pics of the Pileated Woodpecker (aka Petey, as I now call them) I photographed at Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Look closely at the yellow bird feeder and you'll see a Downy Woodpecker showing the difference in size between the two woodpeckers... And, there is Petey with a piece of food in its beak (top photo) and Petey peering around the tree trunk.

Gotta love that red hair!