The saddest thing I ever did see
Was a woodpecker peckin' at a plastic tree.
He looks at me, and "Friend," says he,
"Things ain't as sweet as they used to be."
Fortunately we have real trees in our fencerows, not plastic fence posts. The female Pileated Woodpecker lingered a long time on this dead sapling.
I wouldn't stick my tongue into a hole in a tree with unknown contents. I'll leave that to the woodpeckers.
|Female Pileated Woodpecker|
Incidentally, there are two branch stubs in the picture above that nicely frame the woodpecker's body. I measured their distance apart to give some scale to the bird....looks like about 9 inches plus neck, head, and tail.
Good-sized woodpecker, eh?!
Uh oh, she is about ready to fly away.
Her mate is calling from the other side of the river.
Stop by anytime, big birds....no plastic trees here!