A birding friend in North Fayston (Mad River Valley) has watched a pileated woodpecker dig around in his garden for more than two weeks. The bird stays for fifteen to thirty minutes each time it comes. The garden is less than 50 feet from the house and there are a number of large trees near by. The area is rural and woodsy.
This is the second year that Ned has watched the pileated in his garden. The pileated isn't in the least bothered by Ned and his wife peering out the windows. Has anyone else seen this unusual behavior?
Ann B. Day, Fayston, Mad River Valley, Vermont