Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our Very Own Woody Woodpecker!

I mustered all of the energy I could yesterday to haul my butt outside and hang out a load of laundry. I just could not bring myself to toss the clothes in the dryer when the sun was shining and the breeze was blowing just a bit. I have been waiting for the opportunity to hang out the laundry... and by golly... I was going to do it! So there I was at the clothes line, clothes pin in mid-clamp... when I heard this pounding. I had heard it before when I would take care of the chickens in the morning... but never really paid attention to it. Well, this time... it was CLOSE! I looked over to a tree on the side of our yard... and there it was. This beautiful... HUGE... woodpecker! I was shocked at how big it was... and also shocked that it was so low on the trunk of the tree. Low enough that I could have touched it if I was close enough (and I'm short!)--of course, I'm sure it wouldn't want me touching it.

After my sudden surprise of it all, I used up what little energy I had left to run back into the house and grab my camera. When I came back out and walked toward the tree... the darn thing let out a very shrill call and flew off. DANG IT! But I saw where it went... to another tree at the edge of our property... so I got a few pictures. I think it knew I was watching it because it kept moving around the tree when I would get it into view! The little stinker! But I finally got a couple of shots!
He flew off JUST as I took this second picture! I was lucky enough to capture it... although it's not the best angle. As I was walking back to the house, I decided to take a gander at the tree... and this is what I found...
We are going to look into what type of damage this might cause to the tree... I can't imagine it's good for it!

Oh yeah, and when I finally finished hanging up the laundry and came back inside, I took a 2 hour nap. Man, I hate being sick!!


  1. Wow! I didn't realize that woodpeckers got so big! Great pictures/

  2. I have been hearing a woodpecker around here pecking at trees...but have never seen one that close! Wow!!! I can't believe what he did to that tree!!!! Goodness!

  3. OH...and I want to add....I am super jealous that you got a 2 hr nap!!! I feel like I got hit by a bus and would totally L-O-V-E a nap! Want to drive to my house and babysit for me so I can nap? ;) J/K

  4. Thank you SO much for the link regarding my drop ceiling, so nice of you!! Love your style here and I'll be back, wow that woodpecker did a job on that poor tree! :(

  5. Wow, I think I am scared of woodpeckers now! haha That's a big bird and lots of holes in the tree. I hope you feel better soon! Being sick is the worst!!!


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