First Posted: 6/5/2013
Sunday Dispatch employees heard knocking on a back window of the Dispatch building on Wednesday afternoon. Turns out it was a pileated woodpecker, one of the largest in North America, pecking at a glass window.
The crow-sized bird inhabits deciduous forests in the eastern part of the continent, according to a quick Internet search. They eat mostly insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae.
The bird was later seen pecking at a utility pole across the street from the New Street headquarters of the Dispatch.
These woodpeckers have a large population size and, despite being non-migratory, are protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act. Due to the considerable damage that pileated woodpeckers can do to trees, some people may consider them harmful if found on their property.
Dispatch staffers Joe Healey and Judy Minsavage enjoyed the bird’s visit as new staff member Nick Wagner took some photos.