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A warm summer morning on August 27, 2018 at 7:10am I was walking the dog prior to heading into the office. As I turned a corner I heard a woodpecker so I grabbed my phone to snap a photo. I did manage to get a few but the lighting was wrong and the dog impatient so I left without a good photo. It was a silhouette and I forgot about it and never looked it up. (1st photo below)

Fast forward 2 years to July 30, 2020 at 9:33am.  I was walking the dog and turned the corner to very load bird calls and find a woodpecker on a light pole just 3 houses further down than the one 2 years prior. Again I grabbed my photo and got a few photos before the dog got too impatient.

I’ve lived in this house for 4 years and have seen this bird only twice almost in the same place similar date and time. When I took the photos this year I remembered the silhouettes from 2 years ago and looked them up.  I was surprised when I compared them, what are the odds? 








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To make this even a stranger story, I grew up in western New York and we had never heard of or seen this bird up there.  Well when my brother heard my story a few months ago and saw the photos, he related to me a story.  An aspiring artist in high school in the mid 1970s he saw a photo of a Pileated Woodpecker in a book and produced a sketch which he completed in water colors for his art class. He still has it and he sent me a scan of it. So not only food it circle back into my life 2 yrs later, it came back into his 45 yrs later. At the time he thought it was just a cool looking bird and different from the Flickers and Redheaded Woodpeckers we grew up with   

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