Sunday, March 14, 2010

Woodpecker Tree

The other day I saw this tree near my house.  The woodpeckers had worked it over very well.  It may even be a woodpecker home - it was too high for me to look inside and see if it was hollow.

Ther are many woodpeckers around our property.  We have seen the pileated woodpeckers only a few times, but know they're out there.  Red-bellied woodpeckers visit our suet feeders daily.  Downy and hairy woodpeckers always come to visit.  Flocks of northern flickers can sometimes be seen working our backyard for bugs.  Only a few times have we seen red-bellied woodpeckers at the suet feeders.

I find woodpeckers very interesting and love to have them around.  Sometimes I can here them drumming away deep in the woods - it's a special sound to hear a woodpecker.  I read articles where many people's homes are damaged by woodpeckers, but I don't have that problem.  With all the woods around my home, the woodpeckers have plenty of other places to nest and eat other than on my house.  

Woodpeckers are welcome here ~ bring them on!


frugalmom said...

Wow. I have never seen so many woodpecker holes in one tree. Thats pretty amazing. I always loved listening to them when we lived in an area that had them.

Genny said...

These photos would have fit right into my Mosaic Monday theme about trees! I followed the link about your home. I can see why others are so envious. It's beautiful!! I have a dream myself to one day live in an historic home somewhere.

Gail said...

Woodpecker condo!

Robin said...

That tree looks neat. You better watch out though. The next time you are walking through the woods this might be the tree that falls down :D. We have some woodpeckers around here. I always have fun watching them.

Leigh said...

What a neat tree! We love woodpeckers. We used to have pilateds where we used to live, but haven't seen or heard any here so far.

Lisa said...

I have lots of woodpeckers also. We have one pileated woodpecker that comes around and loves to peck on the metal transformer on the telephone phones. I just love watching him. He's beautiful.

Razzberry Corner said...

frugalmom - We have a few trees like this! I think some of them are homes for the woodpeckers, and some are just dinner.

Genny - I never dreamed about a historic home (i.e., an OLD home), but I always dreamed of the land - lots and lots of land. The old home just came with it. The home needs so many repairs, it's very frustrating sometimes.

Gail - :) Yes, you're right!

Robin - I wouldn't be surprised if this was the next tree to fall, either! It looks pretty well dead. Isn't it freaky how trees just fall around me & Jack???

Leigh - We used to have so very many pileated woodpeckers in our former house, too. They were so neat because they were so large.

Lisa - Why does he peck on the metal transformer on the telephone poles? Isn't that dangerous???


Cattle Call Farm said...

I live in a log home, and I have had a problem with them pecking on my house. I have one persistent bird that really drives me crazy. You would think with all the trees around he would leave my house alone.

AJ-OAKS said...

Ooooh, another woodpecker lover! We have a bunch here and I love hearing them squawk and knock. Last summer the power guys came out and had to replace the one power pole on our poperty due to woodpecker damage.
Thankfully the woodpeckers have not attacked the house, although every now and again they are knocking on the barn!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I have a particular love for woodpeckers too. I can completely relate to enjoying the sound of them drumming away on a tree in the distance.

Knatolee said...

Isn't it amazing how powerful their beaks are?!

DayPhoto said...

That was more than interesting. We have woodpeckers, but they rarely visit us. I love the woodpecker condo.


Carol............. said...

Pretty cool shots of the trees!

Razzberry Corner said...

Cattle Call Farm - wow, that woodpecker must like the wood that your house is made from better than the trees! How awful! Does he hurt your house??

Cindy - They pecked on a power pole? I thought power poles were treated which would keep the woodpeckers away - guess they woodpeckers thought thought the power pole replacers brought out a new treat for the buffet line!

Cindy Garber Iverson - I really do love to hear them drumming in the distance, it's such a neat sound! :)

Knatolee - YES! It is amazing, I have thought their beaks must be pretty darn strong to drill holes in tress like this!

Linda - What kind of woodpeckers do you have out there in CO?

Carol - Thank you!