Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

May 10, 2011

Hello, Woody!

This is a fellow that you hear more than you see. He is a Pileated Woodpecker, one of the largest woodpeckers around, slightly bigger than a crow. We had a pair around today and I hope that they see fit to nest. They are very noisy in call, but extremely silent when flying through the woods.

Unfortunately, they do not frequent feeders, or I could get some real good close ups of them. Fortunately, I now have a camera that allows me to "get close" without getting close. Over the next few weeks,I will be looking for a rectangular hole in one of my poplar trees. If I find it, I will stake it out with the camera and a tripod. It looks like spring is here. The exotic birds are coming back!


texwisgirl said...

love these pileated guys! had them in wisconsin as a kid but don't get to see them here in our part of texas... hope you can find their nesting site!

Gregg said...

Gorgeous shots! Glad spring is around the corner for you guys. Even though you lost and old friend, new beginnings are near! I appreciate you brother!

Farmchick said...

Nice shots! I saw a few here this winter, but not recently.

Penned Pebbles said...

Great pix of Woody. Blessings!

Phillip said...

Beautiful bird.

Cathy M. said...

We have big ones here in TN too. I don't know the exact species. I know it's illegal to shoot them, no matter how many holes they drill in your house... usually at about 4:00 in the morning. They crack me up in the yard, jack-hammering at the ground.