Woodpecker Symbolism, Woodpecker Meaning, Woodpecker Totem, Woodpecker Dream, and Messages
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Woodpecker Meaning and Messages

In this case, Woodpecker symbolism is letting you know that it is time to pay attention because an opportunity is has come knocking along with it. In other words, the Woodpecker meaning is signaling you that significant changes are happening in your life. Therefore, it is up to you to seize the moment. Whether it is the renewal of an old project, the finishing of a new project, or a serendipitous meeting with someone in your life, get busy! Furthermore, whatever way you perceive it, this spirit animal insists that you must understand that the door is wide open for you right now and that success is yours for the asking.

Alternatively, like the Boar, Woodpecker symbolism is reminding you that you must march to your rhythms. In other words, go with your natural flows, and make sure that you keep moving forward without interference from others.

Woodpecker Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Woodpecker totem have the power of rhythm in their blood. They have a connection to the heartbeat of the Earth and the cycles that rule it. Folks with this spirit animal totem can shake up the awareness of others just by being around them. Like the Toucan, they can also grab everyone’s attention with the simplest of words. Thus they understand the power of their words and use them sparingly and precisely to get their point across. Often these people will be the first to draw everyone’s attention to what needs to get done.

Woodpecker Dream Interpretation

When you have a Woodpecker dream, it is asking you to pay attention to your waking life. In other words, like the Blue Jay dream, there may be something you have overlooked, and it is trying to bring it back into your focus. Therefore, work diligently with your current project so that nothing gets missed.

Occasionally this bird in your dreams will herald the beginning of a particularly busy period for you. Thus there will be a lot of demands on your time. However, you will be able to see it all through to the finish.

128 thoughts on “Woodpecker”

  1. I can’t believe it… 2 comments up is mentioned a paleated woodpecker…
    “look, do you see… it’s a paleated woodpecker!”
    “omg… what’s a herniated woodpecker, Tim?”
    God rest his soul. I suppose this is only more confirmation for me. I am the embodiment of this totem. And as I have seen 3 woodpeckers in 3 days. and I am setting my intent for the new moon for the 3rd time tonight… I just want to say how powerful this is for me… just wow.

  2. I have been interacting with woodpeckers since last summer. The birds are flying onto my hand and not necessarily to feed. I do talk to them and there is no words to describe the peace that I feel while holding the bird in my hand. It has happened in more than one occasion at the park where I go and not necessarily the same spot. My daughter took a few videos and pictures as apparently is no common for a woodpecker to interact with someone like this. I feel like the bird knows that I am at peace and can feel my energy. It is an amazing feeling and I am thankful for their trust!

    1. Wow, that’s amazing Claudia. I’ve had a couple occasions where a bird lands on me and I’m always honored, but it hasn’t happened in decades. You definitely must be emanating peace and good energy.

  3. Jeff S "Wind Walker"

    Just wondered where you get all the information. I do appreciate your words on the woodpecker, but is this still a dream .

  4. Today I was taking a break at work and I found a very young woodpecker on the ground in our parking lot. It was unable to fly. I picked it up, and he was not happy about it. I took him to a local wildlife rescue. They put the little guy in an incubator and so far he is doing fine. Not sure if this has meaning but it was pretty amazing to me. I have never seen a woodpecker before in the flesh, just in photos.

  5. I went camping with my dad and the next day the both of us heard a woodpecker pecking on a tree nonstop. I loved the sound of it. It felt so inspiring and relaxing. The sound tickled my ears but I liked it. Now that I’m learning about the woodpeckers powers and abilities, I have a feeling that the woodpecker might’ve been a sign. A great and amazing sign actually. Thanks woodpecker! 😉

    1. I understand what you are saying kid. I don’t know how or why, but a similar thing happened to me. They are magical little creatures.

  6. I just had an odd thing happen. I’m in my kitchen lost in thought but what about I honestly don’t know. I recall thinking about how long it’s been since my furnace kicked on since it’s currently 30° and snowing. When I start to notice the sounds of a bird and I thought it’s got to be close because it was so loud. I look up and outside my kitchen window I see a red-bellied woodpecker on the handrail of my deck looking at me and just talking away. I smiled and said “well hello there little one, it’s a bit cold for a walk today, isn’t it?” He cocks his head from side to side talking the entire time. He stops talking but never stops looking at me than turns sideways, chirps a time or two, turns away as if to fly, than turns around and looks at me chirping once again and takes off.

    It’s not uncommon for me to see or heard woodpeckers around my home. But in a little over 2 years of living here I have never had an encounter with the wildlife like this one. My life has been out of character and I’ve been feeling out of sorts since about 2013-2016. Lately I’ve gotten in trouble (roughly a year ago and I have returned to resolve this) and have all sorts of things going on personally & in my personal life. For some odd reason I feel like my little visitor holds some kind of meaning and was trying to tell me something.

    I stumbled across this site and was wondering if anyone might be able to give me some insight?

    1. So funny thing… I’m standing in MY kitchen and heard something hit my living room window. I ASSUMED it was a little sparrow as they’ve done this before. I opened my door to “check on them” and there sat a LARGE red-headed Downy Woodpecker. Just looked at me, then flew off into the trees. I’ve seen him “fly by”, but this was “different” – he “got my attention” and I KNOW there’s got to be a reason. After reading this, it makes A LOT of sense… I’ve been working [extra] hard to make sure my family is “doing well” because we recently lost a family member. I’m a non-stop stay-at-home mom AND a spiritual advisor/tarot reader… and I’ve TRULY felt “burnt out” from all the pain and stress my loved ones are also feeling. Its BEGINNING to “ease up”, which is AMAZING that I’m seeing him “up close & personal” when things are FINALLY “looking up”, again. Perseverance. Strength. Love. Stay strong, and blessings to anyone that may ever read this. You are stronger than you think, and wiser than you know… But you will. Devine timing. Blessed be 🌛🌚🌜

  7. I had a dream in a very familiar place. Grandmothers land whom is still alive aside from that i was singing and i noticed an owl and he flew to me and landed on my hand and then as i walked to the front yard still singing a woodpecker landed on my shoulder..

  8. On two separate occasions, Ive had the opportunity to witness the majestic pileated woodpecker. It wasn’t knocking on wood but calling out. I have two of them, twice now. Both of them have been flying close to me and I haven’t seen them in a couple days. I was told that it is a sign of good luck from an Inuit woman whom I’ve come into acquaintance with. Does anyone else have any input?

    Thanks in advance

  9. I just saw a blue woodpecker jump around my yard for about 10 minutes. It was so beautiful!!! I just want to know what it means?

  10. I am stuck in a destructive toxic abusive relationship. Every single time I end up believing his pleading and apologies. Two days ago and today after yet another rollercoaster tortured day I sat in the lounge. Blinds are always shut behind couch. Twice on Saturday I heard this loud knocking on window and it was a woodpecker pecking at the window right where I sat. Lifted the blind and it stayed for a bit and flew about 1m away resting on the roof. Lowered the blind and a few minutes later did the same thing. I instantly read up on woodpecker. Today he’s been at me for hours and I am *hiding* in the lounge while hes drinking. And while sitting thinking about how I’m going to get out of this and cut ties with him….a number of loud ‘knocks’ and there they where. Pecking. Lifted the blind and it just stared right at me while pecking…the first words that crossed my mind *wAKE UP!!*
    I am without a car(broken down somewhere else that suits him perfectly)
    No house key…he took it as I’ve left a few times before and he doesn’t trust me with a key or my own car
    He works from home I am home as I ended up quiting what I did because of the fights threats accusations

    I somehow believe that I need to walk out even if I leave everything I own just to ensure I am safe

    1. My Sandy
      Woodpecker arrived yesterday and starts tapping away at a dead tree in my yard, a few feet away from where I was sitting. So for me, it may have been a sign of opportunity that may be knocking… but then I just read your post and it was from yesterday! My first thought is, the sign was not for me, it was for you. I was in an abusive marriage for 21 years and shortly after in an abusive relationship for 9 months which I just ended two weeks ago. Leaving is not easy, but staying is much worse. I can “read” that you are ready. You can do this girl, one step at a time. You basically go for a walk, and you just keep on walking and you do not look back. Take only small things of value such as gold and jewelry which you can sell if needed. Collect them over a few days. Mmm and his cell phone, but you will definitely need yours. You can not take a handbag. You will need to wear clothing with pockets, even a hoodie. Wait until he has been drinking and take out the garbage for instance. He may be severely abusive when drunk, but drunk men can’t run. As soon as you get to a street, you start running and you shout for help. If God lead me here to read your post, so God will provide a way out ~ but YOU have to take the first step. Good luck and remember you are never alone. There is always an Angel waiting for your call!

    2. A woodpecker was outside this morning. After reading these last two messages. I believe I was sent here to tell you it is time. You perhaps may have time to collect things, or you might not. Pray, trust and believe that God will tell you when it is time. Although it is not easy leaving ones materials behind, I can assure you that those things can and will be replaced in time. Because you see, we go through things in life and we come out on the other side….so we are then able to help and encourage others. My mother had been in an abusive relationship for a very long time. She did finally leave him, 4 kids and all. We stayed at a domestic abuse shelter until she was able to get on her feet. She didn’t have anywhere to go. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right decision. My daughter had to make that decision as well, it had skipped a generation. She and my grand baby are doing great now. She herself had to call the cops on him.
      I will pray for you with much love.
      God loves you, he loves all of us…he is watching over.

      (Memorize this verse and keep repeating it in your mind when you need the courage and strength)

      “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
      -Philippians 4:13

    3. Sandy,
      My name is Sandy as well. I survived a extremely abusive relationship for over 40 years. It got so bad between being threatened with a gun and raped that it was time to leave or die. You are getting signs to leave so take it and get out for your life. We are all here to be happy and find joy this is just to toxic. My husband committed suicide shortly after I left and I see it as a divine intervention. I am a different person now and grateful to have gotten the strength to move on with my own life. PLEASE take the sign because someone is trying there best to get through to you and want you to move on.
      Best wishes and good luck, I know it is hard but it’s the only way and stay safe.

    4. I hope you have been able to get away. If not, please contact the women’s shelter in your area or have someone trustworthy do it on your behalf. They can help you set a safety plan that will allow you to leave safely. You deserve better.

    5. Sandy,
      This hit home for me, I’ve been in a toxic relationship for 9 years. I’ve been fighting trying to get away, we’ve done so many hurtful things to each other, and it makes me sick. I’m a strong headed person and I always fight for the right, but when it come to this relationship I am weak. I find myself coming back to him, and I have no clue why. My life is nothing but a mess, Just when I think things might get better with him, they get worse. I don’t like who I am when we’re fighting, I don’t like who I am when I’m with him. I care for him a lot he was my first love we met when I was 17. I’ll be honest it was quite an adventure, but he never really loved me and it showed. If anything we both use each other in ways. I just don’t want that type of relationship anymore, and the moment it became physically I knew it would only get worse from here and I was just growing a monster. I too quit my job not only because I didn’t feel like I could do it, but because of the threats and accusations (even though he’s the one whose cheated). He called my work once (mind you I work in a pharmacy with pharmacist) and left a nasty voicemail to the pharmacy manager, I almost got written up, until my boss realized I get much worse at home. The local police station thinks we’re a joke because of all the phone calls they get, they don’t take it seriously . I’m afraid one day he’ll kill me on purpose or by accident. I took my dogs for a walk today, and I heard a loud pecking and seen a HUGE beautiful pileated woodpecker, I took a video I wish I could share. The bird noticed me and flew closer to me and called to me. I knew this was a sign. I want a happy life, and I want you to have a happy life too. I hope all is well with you, I’m still figuring out how I’m gonna get out of this one, but I know things are gonna get better… things are gonna be wonderful. I just have to take the necessary steps.

    6. Sandy, please let us know how you are doing and that you are safe! You will find your unimaginable strength within you through Our Maker, Our Savior!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you! May Love and Light surround you 🙏🏻💕

    7. It sounds like you are in a codependent-narcissistic relationship. Please get support, and you deserve better than this. Do research on these 2 topics, then it will start to give you the strength to recover, knowledge is power. YOU ARE NOT BROKEN, only forgot your own inner power.

    8. Hi Sandy,

      I came across your post after seeing 2 woodpeckers outside my window. I don’t know how this turned out for you but I believe that I was meant to write this post for you to give you support and tell you to trust your inner voice. I was once in your situation and in an abusive toxic relationship and i knew my self worth and managed to get away. Now I am happy and grateful to be my true self again. I feel the experience was part of my journey and made me the person I am today. This experience will make you stronger and you will be able to leave but you have to trust you’re intuition and not ignore the signs from the universe. I hope you can reach out to someone for support to I help you, maybe family, friends or a local support group. Please let us know how’ve how you are if you can?

      Take care and be strong
      Michele x

    9. It means seize the moment take action and take it from me stand up 4 yourself never take abuse b brave the woodpecker is guiding u u have a guardian angel dont let the person take your life away ive been their trust me leave now i no its scary hide $outside somewhere take your bank card change it in your name only delete message i sent dont let him no nothing

    10. You just told us the answer that the woodpecker delivered. You need validation. Your inner spirit gave you the validation. But now you need ours too. I’ve been there done that too many times so I speak from the wisdom of an old sage. I am also a seer. I see myself in you. I repeated that pattern many times. Stop. Listen to your intuition. I lost everything I own except for my dogs eventually. I had no family so I trespassed to save their lives. They were being poisoned by my perpetrator. Don’t be a victim. I went to jail. Court. I have a record now. And I have never been happier in my life. I live in a beautiful remote simple old trailer. I used to own a beautiful home. This one is safe and I love it because I feel safe. Make a solid plan. Don’t be rash like I was. Live your life. It’s no one else’s. Only you can make you happy 😃

    11. Dear me,
      Everything you go through to leave,
      Every step, every level
      Is SO worth it!

      And everything you loose, gain so much more!

      Love, light and kindness, sister

    12. How is Sandy?
      I’ve longed to see the woodpeckers in my local woods for a while now as I heard them hammering yet could never see them.
      Today of all days I see the most beautiful black and white woody with a red tail on the branches.
      ThankFully I see for real what I knew was there and heard with my own eyes,
      I never wanted to leave but my dog insisted and barked for me to throw his ball as he wanted to play.
      Would have been Selfish of me to stay as I knew there was meaning as i was in awe of this site I longed to see for so long yet I had to leave!!!!!!
      Recovered alcoholic/addict here who damaged and was damaged by the likes of me from young by my peers being alcoholics, at times fear will prevent us from doing the right thing yet we are not alone and many will be waiting for you to support as you can support those who lived the same horror you have.
      Google al anon

    13. Hi Sandy!

      I see this post is more than a year old, and I sincerely hope you’ve made it out of there. I’ve been there and managed to leave and rice up from it all. I’ve recently started to write about my experience, and seeing your post about this topic here today after I encountered two woodpeckers on my way today, makes me strongly believe that I should go through with it, pain and shame and all. Hope you’re safe and in a better way now. Sending lots of woodpecker love from Norway ❤️

    14. Dear Norway,
      I also saw Sandy’s post and now you’re! I’ve been and am a grateful survivor of a toxic relationship. Working through it is tough but the alternative is worse: your life is more of the same! From what I’ve learned about woodpeckers, rapid tapping Sandy heard is called drumming or territorial marking. I’ve had 4 encounters on my deck being less than 18inches from 3 Downey and 1Red Bellied woodpeckers. I froze! Moments in time! And yes, I have big changes happening in my life…right now. I’m 61. I feel it’s time to get it right or bust. Love, light and kindness, Norway ♥️🕊

    15. I too dreamt of a woodpecker. It means to pay attention within yourself. I also noted you mentioned someone near to you is drinking. If this person has an alcohol problem, please look into an Al-Anon meeting near you. It will help you take care of yourself. The program is for you, not the problem drinker/alcoholic. You didn’t cause it, you can’t control it and you can’t cure it. Take care of yourself. Look within yourself and do what you need to do. Be safe.

    16. OH My dear, I hope this reply finds you out of your awful situation. Did you heed the wise Woodpeckers message? I hope you’re somewhere far away from that individual and have found the happiness you so richly deserve. If possible. Please let me know. I hate when this happens to anyone. Nevertheless someone who has potential ‘knocking’ on her window. Blessings!

    17. I hope you found the strength to leave that situation….I came across this and visions of you flashed through my head….I hope your somewhere beautiful being independent and steadfast without him…blessed be my love

    18. Dear Sandy, sadly, I have been exactly where you are or were since you wrote this 18 months ago! Praying you are out of the toxic relationship you spoke of now and on the road to recovery About the woodpecker… some things I’ve learned. What you heard or described, the “tap, tap, tap,” in rapid succession is called drumming. It’s done when marking territory. Perhaps the message then was to throw him out and you keep everything! Maybe that’s what you did! Love and light, Sandy ❣️🕊☮️💯
      By the way… you have a great name 🤣

  11. Good morning,
    I have recently found out that I am unexpectedly pregnant with my fourth child. I am riddled with distrust for my husband and have been striving to go back to school to follow my life path and nurture my soul and personal needs, which I have neglected for some time now. I have been asking my guides what to do about this pregnancy and what the lesson is here. This morning, I had a woodpecker fly over me and about an hour later saw one pecking a tree as I sat outside watching it. In the past year I have found ten blue jay feathers and seen a number of Cardinals (live and dead.) I know that I am connected and my guides are trying to communicate with me through birds, feathers and repeating numbers – I’m just not a getting it. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Maybe this new child appearing in your life is currently serving you as a reminder. There is a big difference between what paths you think you want to go down verses what paths you are meant to go down. Our truth in life can come in many different situations.

    2. Just be careful because some men are scared and they don’t want you to farther your education for fear you will leave them plus they don’t want you to make more money than they do for fear that you will leave because you will be able to stand on your own two feet and take care of yourself and the baby by yourself without his help even tho it will benefit the both of you so he might sabotage you by doing something stuiped becaue he wants to be in total control so be careful

  12. As I walked the walking trail a red headed woodpecker flew right in front of me an started pecking on a tree. I always new just spotting a woodpecker was good luck, but I’m also wondering was this woodpecker sending me a message.

  13. Owl is my totem

    This afternoon recuperating from surgery searching for a home online in a nearby town thinking of selling my place here there was a big bang. My home is in the mountains, it is cool and stunningly beautiful. With stress from being sick and being harassed by my ex husband, I thought it may be time to give up my perfect job that in a kennel we built boarding dogs and sell the land, house and business. I’m getting older and it’s harder for me to take care of the dogs. I told a customer I was asking for half of what sale price was. The terms of divorce dictated we must sell. He was excited and looked around a little and said he would talk it over with his family. Online I found shacks in the desert, an actual chicken coop that had been converted into a home for close to half of what I was asking. I was stunned. That’s when I heard the loud bang. It was a beautiful woodpecker who had flown into the window by the stairs. I started to cry, I don’t eat animals and it made me very sad that the house could have caused such a death. They have caused damage to the house but I just shoo them away and ask them to find a tree. The elk are mewing to their babies in the dark now, I could see them clearly earlier, they had a bumper crop of delightful babies and are used to my presence now. I believe these are ancient birthing grounds for them. My chickens are sleeping after laying eggs for me all day, they free roam and come running to me when they see me outside. I love my birds and cook them blueberry pancakes when their laying slows down. For a while it was all I had to eat, I was so sick and couldn’t work. I looked up why this beautiful bird had died this way. And believe it may have been a sign to stay here, as much as I don’t want to be responsible in any way for it’s death. The amount of work can be controlled all the time I realized having been forced to turn people away every day, and I need to not let my ex get to me. This is paradise and it would be foolish to essentially give it away. I will get better and be stronger and try to be more attuned to what I should do.

    1. I read your reply and I don’t think it was a sign for you to stay there…. I think the bird just hit your window. You should let go of the old and allow the new to come in. Make new memories some were new. You have a lot of history and memories in the house and it will continue to fester you will look at the stove and remember conversations you had with your ex while you cooked dinner. Or sit in the living recalling those cold nights when you cuddled in front do the fire place. I have been on a spiritual journey and have been researching every animal that has came into my life for more than just a by chance encounter. It’s started with a hawk, crow/raven, crane, small white looking crane , cicadas, owl , now a woodpecker. And these mainly birds have stayed in my EVERY DAY life for at least a week b4 my slow self realizes it’s a sign. But in short no this one chance encounter is not a sign. Get out of that prison you are in allow yourself to be free . Beauty is everywhere you go … just watch sunset and sunrise . Those are two glorious gifts that God gives us each and everyday. Not one is ever ugly even in a storm there’s something beautiful even about a rainy day. Just look beyond the Grey clouds and focus on that single raindrop. Beautiful……

  14. I recently had a fling with a friend that started with a kiss on valentines days, the catch is she was only 18 and soon after that i found out she is moving across country. We mutually broke up in April. But I couldn’t let go, I feel that i do maybe carry some heavy wounds from past relationships that I kept trying to in my crazy mind make us work. I felt kinda needy whereas I didn’t think she needed any thing from me. Woodpecker came in around when we kissed and now again at the time of my sisters wedding in the black hills where I found a woodpecker feather and was face to face with two of them. I don’t think woodpecker means negativity in my case rather a challenge to let go. She has now stopped texting me and I walk alone again but at least spirit thinks I’m worth helping and being with.

    1. No you are never alone. I know a little something about holding on. Faith is not knowing but trusting in the Lord. Get more in touch with God the spirits are trying to reveal something to you… you are destined for greatness. Let go and let God. He has a plan for you. Whatever is in your closet let it out and let it go.

  15. I am woodpecker and I feel a great need to take care of all around me no matter how I feel. I love my totem and am honored to be woodpecker

  16. Hi
    For the last two weeks I have a (red) woodpecker waking me up at 5:30am by pecking on a METAL box on my roof above my bedroom.
    I didn’t know where the sound was coming from
    Nor that it was a woodpecker , it sounded like a jackhammer !
    Finally one morning I went out on to a deck that’s connected to my bedroom, stood on a chair and saw the woodpecker. It immediately flew away.

    It has come back several mornings and today I decided to google and see if there is some significance and what message it is sending me. I feel terrible that I keep shooing it away for waking me , especially now that I realize it’s probably been trying to get my attention big time because there are literally hundreds of trees in my back yard and it’s choice of communication is a metal box above my bedroom!! Please give me your thoughts. Thank you so much

    1. Yellow Bellied woodpeckers (the name is strange because they have much more red on them than yellow) will peck on metal objects because the pattern is a mating call. The metal sometimes transmits the sound further than wood might. I have one that pecks on our TV antenna several times a day during mating season.

    2. Now either u of have a metal banger for a spiritual messenger or you are hard headed and don’t really listen so he has to bang on something hard to really get your attention. … you do have a message. You already know what it is but you are looking for confirmation well there it is. What came to mind first I’s what your message is.you over analyze and u need to let it flow. God loves you and you are worth it. Be blessed

  17. Today, May 16, 2017, I was dive bombed by a woodpecker and then tonight I had one sitting on the sash of my livingroom window looking in at me. There HAS to be some symbolism to this right? Both were red headed woodpeckers. Just so bizarre that I haven’t seen any in years and then I see, and have close encounters, with two in one day!!

    1. Nancie, where you were dive bombed is the location of the woodpecker’s nest. Yes, the bird at the window is trying to get your attention and communicate with you.

  18. Third day every morning at about 8am on the same north corner of the third floor of my bedroom in my home. He knocks only 2x in a series and flies away. Ive been here 17 yrs and suddenly I have a new opportunity of this visitation! He comes at the beginning of a new moon end of the Ram, Aries and the beginning of the Bull, Taurus. Will stay open and receptive to all new opportunities that come knocking. Simple as that!

    1. No no no you are looking at it from the wrong point of view … never use physic horoscopes to understand God’s messages. Break down the day of the week. The time. The knocks and look it up on a spiritual number …. 3 8 3 2 all numbers added up equal 16 1+6=7 seven is completion either some thing is completed in your current situation or is about to be. Break down the other numbers individually. You are a numbers person you are attracted to numbers and the sequence of things research a little more. To receive your message and read the word more. It’s time you feed your spirit.

  19. A northern flicker ( woodpecker) hit my window this afternoon I went outside to check, she was laying there tongue out of her mouth and trying to sleep, I held her and told her that her babies are waiting, she jumped and flew from my hands. After reading it made sense why she came to visit, change is happening (separation) and its time to stop feeling defeated and make the most of the opportunities and change. Should I put tobacco down?

  20. Today was odd. I was clearing the garden and putting seeds in. It has been full of weeds since my husband passed away two years ago almost exactly. I turned and saw the woodpecker flap its wings behind a tree nearby and I smiled to myself, as I love when they come near. It was flapping its wings around it the leafs on the ground a lot, than a big crow came and started making noise, so I went to see what is the matter. The bird seemed to be not well, so I went to get a towel and gloves to see if I can help it. When I was back there was a big orange stray cat that has been hanging around and the bird was dead. I feel bad and am not sure what to make of it

    1. Hello There,

      Although this was an actual event as you’ve depicted it. Not to sound callous the cycle of life continues onward. Although spiritually via indigenous folklore traditions the crow and raven are considered to being messengers and taking a soul back to the afterlife.

  21. When I got home today I found two red headed, yellow chested, wood peckers on my porch. One was laying face down and the other was face up and they were laying end to end as if they had been placed there. There were no marks on them to determine how they died. It really kind of freaked me out. Can someone please share what this symbolizes.

  22. Well I have read all the articles given up. I also have a woodpecker don’t know the colour because when ever I go to see him he flue off. He stands for hole day hammering on my window glass. It is being started since last year 15/12/2016 and still it is there. I have many birds nest in my gallery. So I thought that he also need a nest but no he didn’t came inside. Every morning he comes and goes after 6 noon. I don’t know what is he trying to say but there is something weird now a days. Same day same rotten same people but sometimes different. What is it I don’t know but I am going to find it out. Thanks for your help.

    1. I see this downy woodpecker on this tree by my apartment everyday and was wondering why i keep seeing him everyday . whats the sign i kbiw i filed for my didability maybe thats a sign don’t know. Need help please explain my name is Sandy Cloud.

    2. Hi Sandy

      The woodpecker is a sign that you may have overlooked something in your life, it’s also saying that your being diligence , Diligence as one of seven virtues describes thoroughness, completeness and persistence of an action,
      If you are denied what you seek. Have another look and try again , it will happen ..

    3. Hi Naidujayendra

      It seems you have been missing an opportunity, you have been missing something that has been showing itself on a regular occurrence and your not paying close enough attention .
      Take a look at your life and the most meaningful things that you want to change , when you have them sorted keep a close eye on what or who comes into your life that can help you get what it is your missing .
      Being diligent is a big part of this process so please take the time on this one ..

    4. He is trying to get you motivated to move! If it were peaceful, which it is not, the message would be different. Get into motion one way or another.

  23. I saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker for the first time yesterday at a local arboritum. I was drawn first to the holly tree he was in and was studying and appreciating its beautiful scrollwork and delicate designs, photographing, circling its base and getting close-ups of the wonderful angles and bark for quite a long time before I noticed the bird above me. I photographed him, and he very generously and calmly continued his feeding and allowed my intrusion until I had taken in my fill of the wonder. My comment to you is two-fold. A fox “appeared” to me recently, as well. At three a.m. on the day following Thanksgiving I was reading and writing at a B & B at Hawk Mountain in PA and heard the chilling scream of a fox. I felt privileged and honored to hear it, and I have been rather obsessed by foxes since, being especially taken by the connection to watching, listening, waiting, and quick and agile movement. Also the image of fire the fox evokes. My question is, do you see any connection between the two animals/ the two habitats? Thank you so much for your thoughts. Michele

  24. I have a red bellied woodpecker that lands in my hand, it is hard to describe the feeling. He doesn’t land for anyone else ive been with. I have photos! Blessings 😀

    1. David Thats spectacular! When, where, and how often does he land in your hand? Would you be willing to share the experience with a creative group of artists and film makers for an upcoming documentary project?

    2. Yes, southeast michigan, late morning or around 5pm ish. Hopefully he faired the winter. I call him dembae. Honestly, he finds me but will land any time he approaches.

  25. I had a woodpecker come to my window and I hear a tap! He was trying to eat out of my plant pot he was beautiful and I felt emotional ! I Google docs the meaning and came up with your site and was delighted to see that they are a sign of fertility as me and my husband have been trying for nearly 2 years and are having treatment fingers crossed x
    Thank you for making my day Mr woodpecker xxx

  26. As My girlfriend was driving me to a job interview we have been arguing for about a year and I at that moment had finally come to the conclusion that I needed to leave but have no options money or family. I was feeling quite hopeless and sad when through a half cracked window while driving on the freeway a Downy Woodpecker slammed into the back if my head and died. I ofcourse was reduced to sobs while she laughed hysterically. Emmediately I thought “this is a sign but what does it mean” Please help me to understand what this beautiful soul sacrificed it’s life to tell me.

    1. Felicia DelSanto

      Rethink your situation. People have different types of communication and it isnt easy to master. The woodpecker wants you to pay attention, listen and realize life all life is short. Non the less 😀 ➡ 👿

    2. You have more options, pray. That laugh is not a good sign. Don’t give up don’t you ever says yes to despair, maybe that was his message! Good luck and blessings to you.

    3. Please see the website In5D.com – a lot of light workers are having strange moments. Some are having to leave relationships and family. The time you posted this posting was at 1:11 this number is associated with rapture / ascension process. On September 23 a sign will appear in the heavens – Revelation 12:1 – please go to you tube and do these YouTube searches – 11:11 meaning (note 1:11 is part of the same meaning, this number is spiritual) – September 23 Revelation Sign – Dolores Cannon Ascension – Rapture.

      For extra income or full income it is possible to DoorDash and Uber or do Lyft. There are companies that offer day time service work or day labor work. You have to wear a black bistro shirt and black pants with black belt and non slip shoes. These jobs are in general for a few hours for one event. I worked at a Facebook fun party for one day at San Mateo fair grounds for 9,000 employees, it was fun, I just ran around helping the bar tenders by grabing more bottles of alcohol, pay was $15 with overtime. Just call any major convension center in your area or large venue and ask which temporary agency they use to staff for their events. Work and build up a small nest egg, then with about $250 if you need to – sign up with Lyft or Uber and rent a good car for a week and be a driver for that week. The first day will just about fully pay for the car. Some drivers work until they earn $300 for the day and they then stop for the day. Generally, 4:30 am to 11am is the first rush, then take a lunch break and start up again. Many drivers earn $16 to $20 per hour on slow days and $26 to $35 on busy days. The average household income in all of America is 50 thousand per year for two working adults in one household. This means that one person is earning about 30 thousand per year and their partner is earning almost 20k per year. It only takes 34k to become part of the 1% Global Eliet as the average household income for the global world is only $2,000 per year. Crazy to think about how blessed we Americans really are, in England they only make 36,000 USD dollars per household. We make the most just about, only the banking countries like Switzerland beat us by $5,000 extra which is not much. Thus, my friend no matter what, you simply can never fail. If you only made $2,000 in just one year of your whole lifespan, you reached the collective subconsious understanding of what it was to be self sufficent – only one full income, not two working adults per single household. Thus, no one needed to technically financially support you, you reached adult status of what it is to be self reliant, independance metaphorically speaking. This means that the word failure can never be a part of your inner vocabulary. Incredible how successful you really are. 🙂

      Please do a key word search on Google for – Global Eliet 34k 34,000 and Average Household Income by country.
      Also, do a YouTube search on Cargo van living or living in your car. You can test out living just about anywhere. I have done this for a year. Travel clothes are great and go into your duffle bag compactly. Many accessories out there that have more than one function, you don’t need much. Whole Foods grocery market is awesome in that you can always get your health needs meet with healthy foods. They have excellent deals on burritos in the frozen section and you can use their microwave. Sometimes I buy a box salad for $5 and cashew yogurt in the morning for less than $2. They have free wifi, and they are awesome but you have to notice a deal. I spend about $7 to $10 for the whole day. I eat two great meals and buy a couple of fruit strips similar to fruit rollups for the end of the day to keep going. I don’t want a heavy dinner and a single fruit strip with a small box of chocolate milk is perfect at night, just enough not to be hungry. Planet Fitness is amazing, their black card membership is perfect. Just remember to switch your home location to where you will be staying as after 10 times away from your home location, they will charge you $5 per extra visit past 10 elsewhere. They have message chairs and a hydro message bed, unlimited minutes at 10 minute intervals. Bad day, long day, I will unwind to a good message. 🙂

      Please do not let the Wood Peckers end haunt you negetively, the wood pecker’s time was at an end and it was time to move on to a new life. Syncronicity is amazing and provides us with just what we need when we are in need. God is a gift to all of us.

      The wood pecker was confirming something, just how deeply you care. Your partner did not share the same sentiment and she is not on the same wavelength as you are, we all grow at different rates. Sometimes we have to leave to find out who we are and what we are capable of doing. A friend of mine once mentioned that he was stuck living in a location that made him feel suicidal, he almost died. His family was depressed and they also pushed him hard to this point, he had to leave and now he doing fantastic with a one bedroom apartment, money coming in, and staying productive, he finally feels alive again.

      Hang in there, think unconventionally, one man visited most of United States and worked different temp jobs for one week per state. He was looking for the next temporary assignment while working at the present assignment. Fifty states in one year, he wrote a book. Couchsurfing.com allows you to sleep on different couches across United States. Also, rentafriend.com allows you to be a rented as a friend for the day at $10 to $20 per day, completely innocent just read the website. You can also rent a friend to show you around or to gain a new perspective about an area or about life in general. 🙂

      eBay and Amazon are amazing online places to sell just about anything. Please go to YouTube and watch all of the channel “Gilldaddy” or “Gildaddy” – can’t remember if it is one “l” or two, search Gilldaddy eBay on YouTube. Him and his wife make $10,000 a month selling on eBay and you can to, not that difficult to do.

      Read the book, “How to shop for Free” by Kathy Spencer on Amazon.com. Please do a YouTube search to see Kathy in action, “Mom feeds family $4 per day Kathy Spencer”. The sky is the limit with opportunities abound. Also search, “EFT tapping” – pick one of David’s videos and watch and follow along every day, trust me, you will be surprised by amazing syncronicities.

      Most of all have fun. 🙂

  27. I was recently fired for “being rude to customers” at a very small business after being demoted to “no customer interaction”. The ‘rudeness’ occurred after I was demoted.

    Two days later, I went up to the mountains, (like I do almost every other weekend) and this time, there were woodpeckers everywhere! I could hear them in the trees surrounding me. Hadn’t heard them in my trips up there before.
    When I got home, I found out the woodpecker is my birth totem (like my zodiac) and I found this page.
    Any ideas what it could mean?

    1. Hi I sympathise with you losing your job but going up into the mountains seems like a great coping strategy. I wondered what mountains those are? I have been researching woodpeckers as I had one a appear in a tree right outside my back window which I’ve never seen before here. Then a few days later I found a beautiful spotty feather. I am wondering what it all means. How did you find your totem and why is it your zodiac sign also. I think its all about new life and paying attention and you can look at Animal Spirit Totems to give you more info. Take care/

  28. My wife recently left me and I’ve been trying to make the best of it. Through a lot of introspection and reading I’ve figured out a lot of the things that pushed her to leave the way she did. Lately I’ve been thinking I should try to win her back.
    My job requires me to climb some very tall structures. Two days ago while climbing the highest structure on site and toying with the idea of winning her back I asked for a sign. I didn’t expect what I found immediately thereafter.
    As I reached out to climb the next ladder, where I was about to place my right hand was a female woodpeckers head hanging from the ladder rung.
    I am so confused! What could this possibly mean!

    1. I was off to meet with my ex today (to go through and split up some stuff) and as I was about to get into my truck, here comes a woodpecker just clucking away. Non-stop up in the tree behind the truck… Maybe I should talk to a psychic…

    2. Realizations of Self can come at a cost…that is true. But perhaps enough time has passed that your reflections have revealed the many challenges that you had to overcome and the solutions are now presenting themselves to you.
      Be forthright..use your head..your mental skills now and also listen to the female’s (wife) connection to Mother Earth. Listen to what she may have been trying to tell you or teach you…through love.
      Opportunity has presented itself to share with her your realizations that needed her to step back from you in order for you to see them..and grow from them. Enter the relationship again..this time with greater communication, sharing and understanding. Good luck!

  29. I have just lost a pet in the last 24 hours. I am so grief stricken and am actually much more affected than I had anticipated. I have been attempting to journey and want so desperately to know that she is in a spiritual peacfful place. I asked the spirit world to send me a sign and a Downey woodpecker flew right next to me and playfully hopped from branch to branch on a tree in my yard. It jumped from the bottom branch and worked its way to the top. He eventually flew away I am hoping with all of my heart that this was her way of telling me that she has transitioned to a higher place in her life journey. My other loving cat keeps looking for her…it is very difficult and sad.

  30. Twice I have seen albino birds. in 2014 an albino Mockingbird came to my back yard for a week.’m Then day before yesterday, I saw a partial albino Red Bellied Woodpecker!! What does it mean when they are white?

    1. Usually white stands for purity and truth. Since they are birds…birds are in the element of air which is “thoughts” and Mind and communication. so the purity of your thoughts is most important to you and the purity of others thoughts around you are equally important at this time.

  31. I found a dead red -bellied woodpecker on the ground today. This is my birth totem animal. I am deeply saddened. I want to make sure that I do not waste or misinterpret this message. Does anyone gave insight to what this woodpecker could be trying yo teach me?

    1. Nessie, I feel the spirit of this bird is gifting important medicine to help you connect more deeply with your totem. Feathers are powerful medicine and freely given when beings leave earth for the spirit world. How wonderful is it that this woodpecker made sure in its last moments here to be in your presence?
      Sing a song of gratitude and respect for your totem and accept the gift with reverence; give the body an honoring burial. Blessed Be.

  32. Hi,

    I recently applied to teach up North on a reserve. I have been waiting for the decision and I am so desperately want to work there as I love the culture, love teaching and want to help the children rediscover their culture.

    Anyways, I am an anxious person normally and I will analyze everything and catastrophise. I’m wondering if it’s my anxiety or if it’s my initiation telling me I won’t get it.

    Then before I opened the window curtains I heard a huge bang and looked out and saw a gorgeous yellow bellied female woodpecker. It was still alive and breathing heavily. By the time I ran outside and hopped over the balcony railing it wasn’t moving. A bird hitting my window is not a common pccurebxe and I didn’t even know that type of bird was a woodpecker.

    What can this mean?

  33. I went fasting last fall for 3 nights and 4 days. During my time in the woods i heard a woodpecker knocking to the south of me, then it hopped along the trees to the west of me and landed on the ground. After that i couldn’t see it as I was on the other side of my tent, I continued to sit and wondered about it. Suddenly it flew right over me towards the east. I inquired about it to one of the elders but all I was told was to research its characteristics and traits.

  34. As a young girl my mother would hear a woodpecker knocking and say oh oh someone is going to die. Which now as I think about it there is no shortage of woodpeckers and there are dying trees everywhere, So I am thinking that was just something she must have heard as a child. But it does seem when they are close and I hear them there is always some kind of bad news that comes along. Just a thought. As this morning, I woke and heard almost a howling like loud sounds and I went outside just to figure out it was a woodpecker. Then I received a message that a family member can no longer receive radiation and will be coming home for hospice, as nothing more can be done. Makes one wonder?

  35. Charles Summerfield

    October 2, 2015, as I stepped out of my truck in order to open our gate I noticed the Red Headed Woodpecker laid peacefully dead near my gate where it had lived in the fence pole for years. Latter that evening my wife and I received a telephone call that our youngest daughter (22 years old was shot in the head and was dead. I need no Woodpecker ever in my life.

  36. On the 31st August, on my way to a near Church, wanting really bad to Hear a SERMON, I’ve crossed the street Stirbei Voda. Beside the Cismigiu Park, there is an awfully common building of Institute of Education Sciences. On the number 37. On one ledge, I’m pretty sure that the (s)he was put there, was a DEAD redhead woodpecker. I’m still pondering why I haven’t touch her (him)…, and on the neck there were some biting marks, or holes… I recently “celebrated” my 37th anniversary.

  37. I saw a male and female downy woodpecker outside of my window yesterday. The female was just on the tree to the upper right and the male was on a different tree branch to the lower left of my window frame…. neither was pecking at the tree. They just landed and paused and then flew away.

    What does this mean?
    Thank you.

  38. I woke up a couple weeks ago, and let our dog out as usual, except it wasn’t usual, there was a bird on the roof of my truck! I thought it odd when he didn’t fly away, so I walked towards it, as I did, he just looked at me, I reached out my hand and,……HE LET ME PET HIM!!! 4 times I stroked my finger down his back and he just sat there n let me, I know it’s a sign of sorts, but I’m very confused as to what it was trying to pass on to me. I’ve seen when woodpeckers die, or when you hear them in a tree, but what does it mean to pet a woodpecker? Very confused, but what an amazing experience.

  39. I was getting out of my car the other day and as I turned a woodpecker dropped from the tree dead , right at my feet. is this a bad sign ?

  40. My husband was dx with stage 4 cancer. We are hoping that the pleated woodpecker that visited our home today os a good sign for healing for him. Any thought?

  41. 😕 I lost my 22yr old Son on 5/15/2013. Tomorrow it is his 2 yr Anniversary. About 5 months ago, I was outside having a conversation in my head with my Son. As I heard him answering me back, I stopped and thought, “Is this really You Bobby answering me, or m I crazy, its impossible to validate its you”? Within 10 seconds, I heard birds wings on my right side an was stunned when a woodpecker landed (I was standing) on my right side of my ribcage!!! I lifted my arm and the Woodpecker did not move, it wasn’t struggling, it wasn’t stuck, just held on to me!! I talked to the Woodpecker and hoping someone else would see it, walked down 10 stairs, Woodpecker still looking up at me, holding onto my side! As I rounded the corner, My other Son saw it on me and stopped walking. Only then did the Woodpecker fly off me to the ground. It landed on the ground, looked back at me and then flew off. Could that have been validation I am hearing my Son, since I asked if it was him I am hearing, 10 seconds later, the Woodpecker was hugging me!? Also, every time I am in my yard, I am surrounded by Woodpeckers in the trees of all different sizes. What could all this mean? Thank you.

    1. Lori, that is such a beautiful story. Don’t doubt your experience for one second. What are the odds a woodpecker — or any bird — would ever land on you? Now what are the odds it would stay there so long? Now what are the odds it would land at that second after just asking your son if it was really him talking with you in your mind? The odds are so astronomically against it, it’s insanity to question it. (I believe our departed loved ones often communicate through nature.)

      My gentle suggestion is to consider the spiritual meaning of woodpecker, as he could have chosen any bird, a butterfly, or some other means of verifying it was him, but he chose a woodpecker. The woodpecker is a symbol of turning obstacles into stepping stones and opportunities, and to get to back our roots. There is much more meaning associated with it (layered meaning as with any animal), but his message for you will become clear if you think on it. Because he wasn’t just saying, “Yes Mom, it’s me,” but he was communicating something to you by choosing that animal to do it.

      Your son is with you, and he is watching over you. And forgive me for saying, but it sounds to me like he is also being protective of you (another meaning of woodpecker) and is concerned for you. Perhaps that you have found it difficult to move forward. There is no getting over such a tragic and incomprehensible loss in the sense of things ever becoming ‘the old normal’ … but there is joy in every breath of life that surrounds us, even when we can’t feel it, and the ability to go forward knowing our loved ones are still with us. I wish you peace and much love. Accept his gift as he intended, and never, ever doubt yourself or him.

    2. What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing! You brought me to tears. I love it when validation comes quickly and clearly. Much love!

    3. Veritas Et Sapientia

      This was definitely the answer to your question. Yes it was definitely your son. And yes, take the meanings of the woodpecker to heart, but also, there really isn’t a question as to whether that was a reply or not. It is so very very obvious. 🙂 extremely beautiful. You’re extremely lucky to have that kind of validation! so gorgeous what an idea!

    4. I think so. When my son died God sent me a dove that would sit at my feet and coo. I moved several times and that same dove would follow me. My mother died 4 years later. I was looking out my window and the dove flew up and another one joined it. It was at that exact time my mother died. Awesome how God chooses to comfort us. Praying for you and your loss.

    5. Thank you for sharing that. What a powerful story. I hope you are taking much comfort from such a clear strong sign that your son and the universe is present in love with you always.

    6. Most certainly it was your son.

      My experiences are incredibly personal and spiritual so I won’t share them in detail here but I have been visited by pileated woodpeckers upon the loss of three loved ones and each time they answered that question. It is a very powerful sign and your son is OK and at peace, he was speaking to you through nature so that you knew he was at peace.

      I’m so happy to see so many people on here with internal eyes wide open, there are so many amazing moments in life if we just open our hearts and minds!

  42. Marcia Eberaole

    I was driving to work and a woodpecker hit my windshield. I was so broken up about it. I was wondering what the mean was? It look like a pleated woodpecker but I’m not a 100% sure. Thanks ❓

  43. Two Woodpecker encounters. The first one was @ 5 days ago when I saw one pecking on a tree in my back yard. Very strange that a salesman knocked on my door later which never happens. Sure enough one of the woodpeckers sighting omens predicts a caller will knock on your door. The second encounter was 2 days ago when I was walking in the park and the pecking was so loud I honestly thought at first it was a distant jackhammer. Anyway, I take these signs as good luck!

  44. Antonio Alexandre

    Earlier today I was in the woods doing some prayers and callings spirits then I got scared with some noise I heard there. But it stopped, when I stopped chanting.

    When walking back, I heard the noise again and very loud, like someone drumming. Really loud, but stopped again after seconds.

    After some minutes I look above to follow the same noise and then I see the wonderful woodpecker.

    So so nice.

  45. Today is 03/19/2015 and for the past 2-3 days I have been visited by the sounds of a woodpecker consistently pecking away on a tree in the back of my home. I’m not sure what the meaning is of this, but I took to googling it to try and see if there is a message in all of this. I think it is and I’m not even sure if woodpeckers have any spiritual significance or meaning, but I sure would like to know.

  46. A striped woodpecker landed from behind on my left shoulder from behind while I was taking out the garbage. Not a dream. But everything has felt dreamy today

  47. Hello, I had a dream last night that I was in a vibrant, healthy forest, with the main colour being green. There was aload of what looked like some sort of kingfisher cross with woodpeckers flying around at high speed, they were all black and white apart from one. The dream began with me walking into this amazing forest area where woodpeckers were pecking the trees, and then they all seen me and started to fly around at high speed, and one bird in particular was trying to get my attention, it was a beautiful vibrant green with bright blue eyes, and red feathers on its head. I was watching it with awe and then suddenly time stopped, and the bird just died mid flight. I reached out and picked up the bird from the air, and just looked down at its lifeless body in my hands, and the dream ended.

    What could this mean? According to the native american zodiac my animal is a woodpecker…

  48. Well, I heard this woodpecker knocking/pecking on the roof of my home. I then heard the woodpecker inside the house in the attic knocking /pecking. I thought I might need to call someone out here to retrieve the woodpecker, but, the next day there was no longer any sign of the woodpecker. What could that mean?

    1. For me. I have turned to the narrow path recently in ALL that do. I have been given many confirmations that our God is pleased in my actions. Today, as I offered to God my life as sacrifice. I then heard a screach that I thought was a Hawk, I was led immediately to find the source. It was a woodpecker, persistence of my thought and path were my message. Outward and distinctly professing of my faith was my course.
      Be very thankful that your ears are open, it is a call to duty. Your purpose is coming into focus and you hold an important role. Your creator is trying to drag you by the arm. In my opinion, it signifies you are very special and influential to those around you and a door is opening. Trust your instinct it’s obvious the helper is with you

  49. I live in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and have at least one pair of pileated woodpeckers around my home. In the middle of my driveway, by the road, today I found (what I believe was a young, as it was small) pileated woodpecker dead (I think it might have been hit by a car or truck) and it broke my heart. I was obviously meant to find him/her or another would have so there is significance directed to me. How do I interpret the meaning of this?

  50. HI there, I keep hearing and seeing a large woodpecker in my backyard in my trees. I will hear his loud almost piercing call from inside my house. And when I go outside, its almost like he is trying to communicate to me as he looks at me when I am outside. What is the meaning here ?

  51. I had a double whammy today. First, saw 2 roadrunners having something of a conflict with each other. Then later in the day, two woodpeckers flew down to the street in front of me, appearing to be in conflict with each other. I can look up the individual meanings of the birds involved, but does it matter what they were doing–does the “conflict” with each other have significance?

  52. Had a dream about a giraffe behind my child hood home in the woods stampeding. As it emerged from the brush and ran across my yard I noticed it had a pileated woodpecker on it’s back, riding. Disappeared around the house into the front yard, as I went to the front window to see where it went, the giraffe was gone, but the woodpecker was just standing there looking at me. Then it flew and started pecking on a friend of mines head who mysteriously appeared.

  53. Just seen this big ole woodpecker on the power pole coming home with my son today. He was quite big and kept pecking at the pole and move around it. Just wasn’t expecting to see that in the middle of prairie country where there are no trees! 😛

  54. I just returned home from Reiki Master Training. I went outside with my dogs. Immediately I saw a colorful bird on the ground at the same time one of my dogs did. He scooped it up into his mouth. I saw the bird spread its wings and felt its fear. I broke it up and sent my dogs inside. I grabbed the leather gloves I had put into my purse days earlier (not knowing what I would need them for). I went outside and the bird was very close to death. I immediately started sending it Reiki and was guided to put it into my hands. It was still very warm. It made one last movement of its tail feathers when it heard the dog across the street bark and it died in my hands. I held it for awhile, thanking it for its life and its beauty. But then, I didn’t know what to do. So, I called my teacher and my friend with knowledge on animal medicine. Neither of them answered. I felt helpless on what to do. So, I sat and asked God what to do. My guides told me it was a gift. So, I asked what I was supposed to do with it. They told me to go outside and send the bird Reiki. I went outside and crows flew across the sky, one cawing, signaling a new beginning and change.
    While giving Reiki, I was told I was to cut off the wing that was healthy. That was my gift. So, I mustered the courage and cut it off with some hedge trimmers I found in the garage. I thanked the bird and the spirit of the woodpecker for its gift and for its life. I was told I needed to bury it in a field near my house. So, I took its body to the location and placed it in the hole I dug. I placed all the Reiki symbols over its body and covered it with dirt. With my hands over its resting place, I thanked the animal spirit, Mother/Father God for this beautiful gift. I felt so much better after this was done and admired the beautiful wing when I returned home.
    It will take its place in a fan for smudging when the time is right and when the right person is able to craft it for me. It may even be myself. I don’t know yet. Just yesterday I asked Spirit to bring a fan for smudging into my life and today I have been gifted a beautiful centerpiece for this fan. I am so grateful. The bird was a male Northern Flicker from the woodpecker family.

    1. Hello Danielle: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return to Woodpecker. The message will be specific for you. The number 2 is about having faith and courage and knowing your prayers are manifesting even though you cannot see them yet.

  55. Just had a young downy woodpecker knock at my window. Then he (or she) was pecking at my window air conditioner. The funny thing was that he kept polking his head up and looking at me. He was remarkably sweet and cute. I do not know excatly what he signified. But I got a bit nervous for him pecking away at my air conditioner for so long. It lasted about 4 to 5 minutes. It was a very sweet visit 😀

    1. Hello Patti: Pay attention to the quotation box at the top of the page when you return to Woodpecker. The message will be specific for you.

    1. Hello Cynthia: It means that you have missed an opportunity. There will be another one – pay close attention to the signs and follow through.

  56. I was jogging through the forest early this morning and I heard the knocking sound high in the trees above. I stopped in my tracks and looked up and spied a large pileated woodpecker. I watched for a moment then saw a smaller one. I am not sure if they were a pair as I don’t know how the females differ from the males in appearance. They played and chased each other around the tree. I watched in awe.

  57. I was outside by my driveway, 17 days ago, on July 29, many birds were all around…they seemed to be saying that something good was about to happen. Then a large red-headed woodpecker flew right over my left shoulder. I’m pretty sure it was the pileated woodpecker. It was so large, so close. Beautiful day.

    1. There are woodpeckers everywhere I shift my awareness to! If I don’t see them I hear them. What power they have to get through an obstacle to nourish themselves!

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