Subject: [Tweeters] Pileated Woodpeckers in northeast Seattle
Date: Jul 30 20:14:02 2009
From: Roger Andersen - nitpicker at


I have just joined your list to be able to submit the following, but
can already tell that I enjoy everyone's reports. Please forgive me
if I don't have the format figured out.

On Sunday afternoon July 19, 2009 in the Lake City residential
neighborhood of northeast Seattle, I was standing in my driveway on
the west side of 36th Avenue NE between NE 115th and NE 120th about
3:30PM, when a black bird flew about 15 feet over my head quickly
followed by a second. My immediate thought was that they were crows,
which swarm around here, but no, there was white visible near the base
of the wing and their flight was faster and more focused like an arrow
than a crow. They landed on the exposed trunk of a pine tree at the
edge of our front yard, and I was astonished to recognize them as a
pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, their red crests clearly visible. As I
watched, they moved about on the vertical pine bark for ~30 seconds.
Then I stepped into the house, and called to my daughter to hurry
outside. We then both watched the woodpeckers for another ~30
seconds, until they abruptly took off and vanished westward over the
trees in the backyard.

I don't know whether this sighting is common or truly remarkable, but
to see these two birds in an urban neighborhood was thrilling. At
least a decade ago, I twice saw individual Pileated Woodpeckers in
wild, deeply forested areas, one at Deception Pass and one at Wallace

-Roger Andersen
nitpicker at