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Two days ago I was photographing various spring flowers in our backyard when I saw a big red and black bird in the distance. Unfortunately, I only had a macro lens on my camera! Afraid the bird would fly away if I were to go back inside to get my telephoto lens, I slowly approached the bird, a few steps at a time taking shots until it flew away. The bird was a Pileated Woodpecker, a large bird the size of a crow. It was feasting on insects among the stumps of two pine trees that were blown over in a summer storm several years ago.

Pileated Woodpecker.
Pileated Woodpecker.

This was the first time I saw a Pileated Woodpecker. On the Internet, I found the following question and answer:

What does it mean when you see a Pileated Woodpecker? The woodpecker symbolizes new opportunities, creativity, optimism, courage, motivation, revival, self-actualization, balance, communication, protection, and discernment. This bird is most closely associated with opportunity and new possibilities. It inspires you to seize your desires and never give up on your dreams.

The above answer comes from https://a-z-animals.com.