Pileated woodpeckers are usually very shy, but this male has become very tame. It even landed on Lil’s arm the other day, when she was re-filling the suet holder.
Early in the 20th century, there was fear the pileated would become extinct. Fortunately, the population recovered. They can do a lot of damage to utility poles, though, and the Hydro crews in northern Ontario are constantly replacing ‘problem’ wooden poles – ones the woodpeckers like to nest in – with steel girders.