This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A flash of red

I saw a pileated woodpecker this morning. It is not a bird I see very often and I cannot remember the last time I saw one. According to one bird distribution map, it has a fairly board range, but is absent in most of Illinois and eastern Indiana. Does anyone know how common it is in our area?
I noticed it because I was trying to get a picture of the sun shining through the ice on the trees. None of those pictures turned out well and by the afternoon most of that ice will be gone.

I was hoping that a pileated woodpecker might be a sign of spring, but a quick bit of research revealed that they are not migratory.

4 comments:

Cay said...

We had one at our house for several months this winter at the feeder. Have not seen it for a few weeks now.

Anonymous said...

I see them down along the Iroqouis river

Desert Survivor said...

Very cool bird! And good shot of it--birds can be so hard to photograph.

phil said...

as to the Washburn house. It was not built by the Dr. Washburn it was Built By Simon Thompson as close as I can tell circa 1879. For years it was called the Curry House because the President of the Monon Railroad lived there. He had married one of Simon's daughters.