Hunting inside the woods yesterday, I came across this little scene. A hawk, no doubt a red tail, nailed either a hairy or a downy woodpecker, and then plucked it clean on the log. Feather identification made species identification a bit easier, below.
Within a few yards were numerous woodpecker holes. The one, immediately below, is from a downy or hairy woodpecker, the large mortise-cut below that is the trademark work of a pileated woodpecker.
As for the woodpecker feathers, I have a few saved for a friend who is a fly-tier. This bird's death will neither be anonymous nor useless.