I don't know if this pileated woodpecker is the same guy I had last year, but his modus operandi is identical.
First, peck holes in the biggest, ripest apples.
Second, fly away.
Third, come back the next day to feast on the juicy insects that are attracted to the sweet open flesh of the apple.
Even though I hate losing the best apples to him, I have to admire his clever strategy.