The only reason I even saw this woodpecker that day is because it was pecking at the tree.  In my quiet neighborhood, the pecking sound was so loud. I immediately looked up and then ran back in the house to grab my camera.  Glad I did. 

This is Chicago. It’s 12/22 and still no snow :(

Here’s a pic from 2008, just after it snowed in the evening. 

I live in Chicago … we don’t have snow yet! Careful what you wish, right?

This was taken a few years ago … my neighborhood on a quiet winter evening.