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Thursday, August 4, 2011


This was really neat!  I never observed a Woodpecker with this behavior before.  I could not positively identify this female as a Flicker or just one of the ladder-backed woodpeckers so she may have been a juvenile who did not have full color yet.
She is on the Bradford Pear tree trunk under the bird/squirrel house.
She discovers the house as if saying, "what's this?"
Peaking inside several times, she decides it is a mess and maybe she should clean it!
She proceeds to go inside and starts throwing out the pine straw that the squirrel has made a bed of.
After disposing of some of the bedding, she returns to outside inspecting the bottom of the house to see if there is anything else to be done-ha!  And then she flew off...  Woodpeckers nest in hollow trees so it surprised us when this one looked so at home in the house.
Aren't God's creations fascinating??  I just love watching all their behavior and we are so blessed that we see all of this from the den/sun room windows here in SC!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back soon. Hugs to you all.

My heart to yours


welcome to my world of poetry said...

I agree it's wonderful to watch nature, it's so relaxing also.
Thanks for sharing.


Ginny said...

Goodness, how odd!! Maybe her nesting instincts were just going overtime! To me, it does appear to be a flicker. And that would make a bit more sense, as they have habits unlike the other woodpeckers. So glad you were able to capture this, it really is a riot!

pattas said...

Yes Nature is wonderful.. I have learnt something new here today..
have a blessed day :))

Gloria said...

How very interesting and fun to watch. Yes, God's creatures are all beautiful. At least some one cleaned house. tee hee.

Gloria said...

Oh, tell woody to come and clean my house. :)

One pair of Hands said...

Lovely to have the nesting box close to a window. I love to watch the birds in our garden too. Had to bring some laundry in from the clothes line a couple of days ago as a bird building a nest was pecking at the washing to pull threads for its nest. Cheeky thing.

Marydon said...

Awesome captures, Kerrie I so love watching the birds. Finally, got som ehummers to come to my feeders, fussy little things.

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