Pileated Woodpecker - The old-timers here called them "Indian hens."
Friend has a sign with a pileated woodpecker painted on it... and the words: No Peckers Allowed!
world's largest woodpecker...about the size of a crow. Flies in deep, undulating swoops. See a pair a couple times a year up here in the Sierra Nevadas.
My opinion: A Good picture
Woody Woodpecker! There have been a few pairs of pileated woodpeckers living in Police Point Park (a natural park in Medicine Hat) for the past five or six years now.
Being exposed to some other people's passions like birdwatching has kind of made try to notice birds when I am out.
I like to watch birds when I encounter them. I'm borrowing a friend's dog after lunch today and I'm taking her down to Police Point Park for a long walk where we may encounter coyotes, beavers, deer, an array of smaller birds and maybe even a pileated woodpecker, owl or bald eagle. Nature is great!...and highly recommended!
Beautiful birds and lots of fun to watch. But they do a lot of damage to our trees. Great photo, BW!