Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I’m so happy you have a regular Pileated Woodpecker visiting. They are very impressive birds!
We do have nest boxes for a variety of birds and it just so happens that the Screech-Owl and Pileated Woodpecker can use boxes with the same dimensions. (Beware, this box is also preferred by starlings, squirrels and opossums.)
Wild Birds Unlimited also has a variety of books with designs for building your own nest boxes.
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus is Michigan’s largest woodpecker at sixteen and a half inches in length and a wingspan up to 30 inches. Its size, sleek black back and wings, offset by a red crest, are obvious field marks. The males have a characteristic red "mustache", which is actually a stripe near the beak. The female's stripe is black. Another distinct field mark is the large white area under its wing which is viewed when the bird is in flight.
Good luck! If you have any more questions feel free to stop in the stores.