Pileated Woodpecker, Payette Lake, Idaho

Now That’s a Woodpecker


WC and Mrs. WC were hiking in Ponderosa State Park recently. The park is on a peninsula that protrudes into Payette Lake, where Pileated Woodpeckers are as common as alliteration. Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest North American woodpecker,1 and the model for Woody Woodpecker.2 And they are an environment-altering force of nature. When they find…