I am having some work done at my house by a trio of very smart and funny El Salvadorean carpenters. One day one of the guys said: "Have you seen the carpenter birds?" and he pointed out the window to a Pileated woodpecker family--a mother and big noisy fledgling, who was squawking for food. I thought the name 'carpenter bird' was very charming, and since that day I have seen them again, this time a family of four, making the chips fly off an old oak tree above my deck. What a treat! So I just ran across this blog that features fabulous images of woodpecker species from around the world--from the Woodpecker Book!
Hint--if you click on the image, you can view very large scans of the images.
I think I will call them carpenter birds from now on--very apt!
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