Archive for August 29th, 2009

Walter teaches my afternoon class

August 29, 2009

Mr. Woodpecker from NY

August 29, 2009
Do I look good as a redhead?

Do I look good as a redhead?

Is this my best side?

Is this my best side?

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While we were in upstate NY earlier this year, Mr. Woodpecker came knocking.  (Heh.  Aren’t I funny.)  He flew in from over the wooden privacy fence and landed on this tree, then dropped to the ground, then climbed up the tree.  My sister-in-law said she had lived in that area all her life and had never seen such a bird.  (She was a little bit apprehensive and wanted to know if he was dangerous.  That’s so cute.)  He’s a pileated woodpecker according to my bird book, and they don’t show themselves often.  They have this amazing loud call that sounds like a laugh.  He was only there for a few minutes and then flew over the fence.  The next day I heard him laugh again, but he stayed out of sight. 

I see a pileated woodpecker occasionally here at the Swamped! Plantation.    I can hear him knocking on the trees, looking for something to eat.  When I hear him, I can usually spot him up high in the trees, moving from tree to tree, then flying off into the woods.  It always seems like a special treat to see one.  I feel lucky to have such nice trees here.