Thursday, May 15, 2014

Who's There?


The other morning I could hear a knocking sound out in the garden.
Almost sounded like someone knocking on your door.


I figured it was a Woodpecker and sure enough there it was pecking away
on a dead tree behind our shed.


This is a 'Downy Woodpecker'. I double-checked in our Eastern Birds book.


This fella was having a grand ole time poking inside a hole
and either eating insects or maybe clearing it out for a nest.


What ever the case, he was not distracted by my presence and kept on with his business.


This old tree has a number of holes in it. Hey, maybe this is a hotel of sorts,
for 'newly weds'! It's SPRING after all!!



27 comments:

  1. This is nest hole behavior. Hope you have a family drama to follow. Fun with these birds as you can ID the individual adults

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    1. Thanks Marti! I hope they do nest here.

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  2. No wonder they vanish into their home in the tree for some time, hard work making their nest!! Super photos. Cheers, Jean

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    1. Thanks Jean! I wonder if they ever get headaches?!lol

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  3. woodpeckers are one of those things that until you have one of your own, you can't appreciate how much they truly peck wood!

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    1. Can you imagine Joyce, banging your head all day long?

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  4. Wonderful! We used to see these all the time at our house in Connecticut. So grateful when they peck at trees and not houses. Our friends had one that insisted on working away at the metal flashing around their chimney. Every morning at around 5:30!

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    1. Yikes! Now THAT would be a royal pain, Mitchell!!

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  5. What fun! I love woodpeckers. Perhaps you'll be lucky enough to have a little woodpecker family living there soon. Imagine all the photos!

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    1. I know. Martha! that's what I was thinking too.

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  6. I always love hearing woodpeckers and try to find them in the trees.

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    1. They are quite the characters aren't they?

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  7. I always feel there has been something really special in my day when I'm lucky enough to see a woodpecker. Your fellow is very handsome indeed!

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    1. Carol, you would have loved this one! I will keep an eye open for his return.

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    1. They are cute, Pat. And stronger than they appear to be!

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  9. How fun! We have a downy, a hairy, and a flicker. In the Spring, our flicker drills the metal flue on our house - what a racket! He's trying to attract a mate.
    We hang suet in feeders for the woodpeckers, and this morning I had a big old magpie hanging off the feeder. What a sight! He was way too big for the feeder - pretty comical.

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    1. I really didn't know they went for parts of the house, Terry. I cam imagine the racket! And all to attract a mate......almost human!lol

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  10. Long ago, when we lived near Seattle, a woodpecker would peck at our chimney, which was lined with metal. The metal vibrated. The noise took some getting used to.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. OH MY, Janie! I can hear that NOISE now! What did you have to do? (that you dare print here!!)lol

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    2. Didn't do a thing. Just got used to the noise. I wouldn't hurt a birdie.

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  11. Wonderful photos of the woodpecker. I love to hear them knock-knocking on wood! And I like the new layout and header of your blog.

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    1. Thanks Fiona. Me too, makes me realize summer is coming to the Maritimes.
      Ron cleaned up the layout for me.....he's good at this. With a couple of more little colour-tweaks that will be it.

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  12. Obviously, he wanted to make an entrance higher up where the view is better. I love to see them drumming on trees, but I cannot abide them drilling into our wood siding on the house.

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    1. Barb, maybe he was trying to impress someone too and cleaning up his house/nest so he would be noticed.
      I know, the house is off limits.

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  13. Noisy neighbors...
    Something I know about!!
    :D

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    1. LOL! That's for sure Bruno! But this fella didn't have a piano.....as far as I could see.

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