Saturday, March 20, 2010

Woody Woodpecker lives at my house

Okay, so probably not the real Woody Woodpecker. But I have seen a pair of pileated woodpeckers numerous times over the past two months. The distinctive squawking call is unmistakable, and the slower, deeper thumping of their pecking echoes through the woods. Normally they are heard and not seen, but these two have been out of the heavily wooded areas and as close as twenty feet from my house. They like to hang upside down in a young black walnut tree to reach the suet feeders. I've also spotted them in a two-hundred-something-year-old maple tree (mostly hollow, mostly dead) across the driveway in the pasture. Check out the pics! Note how she uses her tail feathers as an extra set of hands to balance.

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With a Kick!

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