I still haven't attracted a pileated, but my log bird feeder stays full of every other bird! Wish a could get a decent picture when its covered with birds....but...not yet.
I am creating a multi-family bird house out of 3/4" dowels. The bird house will be a small copy of my Log Cabin. The hard part was to notch the dowel half way at the ends, so that the dowels stack well. I have noticed that other log cabin bird houses on the web that alternate long-short to avoid notching. To notch I used a chop saw to remove material, then a 1/2" rasp, then a 3/4" barrel sander for my drill. I am not done. but is looking great!!! The bird house will be placed on a 4' tall 4"x4" in a meadow/marsh. I am expecting that it will be used for nesting in the spring and likely bats in the summer/fall. Here is my home: