This afternoon, a bright flash of red alerted me to a woodpecker working near the old cherry's trunk, even though it was horizontal, not vertical. The bird turned out to be foraging on a older downed tree, not the cherry.
Initially, I thought it would be a red-bellied woodpecker, as we've been seeing them frequently this winter.
But, it turned out to be (through my camera lens and old-fashioned view finder) a male pileated woodpecker -- identifiable by his red 'moustache' stripe. (Click on the photo for a larger view).
|Pileated woodpecker (male) foraging on downed log|