Like many birders, I keep a life list of the birds I've spotted (mine's not very long). I was very excited to see a bird on Friday that I'd never seen before - a pileated woodpecker. It was massive! Sitting at the top of a rotted tree, hammering away and making a huge noise, I knew this was a new one. I didn't get to see all of the markings, but definitely enough to make the identification.