Beau March 9th, 2008
A cool weekend but the days are longer with more sunshine now! The forecast looks great and we can see the coming of spring in full now. The spring peepers are out almost every night, and I’ve seen Redwing Blackbirds back in the area. A great mass of Turkey Vultures were flying above the fields the other day, a sight I haven’t seen since early December.
This year we’ve gone through about 70 pounds of mixed bird seed at the feeders, and an additional 15 pounds of thistle seed for the finches. I’ve also put out suet for the woodpeckers and nuthatches. Yesterday a large Pileated Woodpecker was probing for insects among the top of the oak trees. These guys are very powerful and can shred the bark off a tree in a short time. I’ve seen a lot of woodpecker damage on various trees, but I like to think they are taking care of many harmful insects that would otherwise kill or damage the tree. They are beautiful birds however, and I enjoy seeing them. I call this one Woody:
Whatever happened to the “Woody the Woodpecker” show? I think of it when I see these guys, and remember enjoying watching it as a young boy.
If this guy came to the bird feeder he would probably tear it apart!