A female Pileated Woodpecker flies low over a shaded winter snow bank. Both males and females sport crests of red feathers, and the males also have a red mustache.
Behind the lens.
There's more to the story of this bird. She's missing her central tail feathers ("retrices"), which is normal when the bird is molting. But when I showed this photo to my neighbors, they said, "We know that bird!" She was feeding at their suet feeder when a squirrel ran up the tree to chase her away, and a few feathers were seen floating to the ground after the altercation. They said that the strange thing is, the squirrel never eats the suet.
birdwoodpeckerPileated WoodpeckerflightwinterMontanaJohn Ashley