Dryocopus pileatus pileatus
This is the largest woodpecker in the United States, except for the possibly extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker. They are mainly black with a red crest, and have a white line down the sides of the throat. They show white on the wings in flight. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat, in adult females these are black. These birds mainly eat insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae. They also eat fruits, nuts, and berries, including poison ivy berries. Pileated Woodpeckers will often chip out large and roughly rectangular holes in trees while searching out insects, especially ant galleries. They also will lap up ants by reaching with their long tongue into crevices and sometimes forage on or near the ground.
Seen in woods during the Christmas bird count
Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04
Spotted on Dec 23, 2012
Submitted on Dec 24, 2012