Now I have to tell you a tale of 2 years ago...when my brother and I hauled trailers up to the NW corner of the state. We camped in the same campground we did this year and were lucky enough to get some great star photos while there. One of the things I said to him while there is how this area of the state was known to have the elusive Pileated Woodpecker (the largest) and that I'd love to get to see one. To no avail I waited and then had him come over from his site to say that late one night he was out by his trailer and saw one. I was like "sure you did". haha
So this year I again hoped to see one since he had already (but he had no proof - see how I am). No really I believed him but was disappointed to miss it. Well it paid off, we were sitting around camp listening to the birds, ducks, bees and heard this weird sound. Looked up and there it was. It mucked around and even had a buddy with a couple days later. So even though the background isn't "perfect" (they are pretty flighty) I got proof and am so thrilled! Hopped on a bush with berries on it between our two sites! So fun to see and now identify by their call (which they use a ton).
These birds range from 16-19" which is pretty big considering and yes is the largest woodpecker in the US.
If that wasn't enough (altho I have no proof other than my brother) we also sat and watched a king fisher perched on one of the dock lights fishing the lake one evening. We heard him another day but never did see him again. Ahhh my birdwatching was a complete success!