If you are one of my Facebook friends you most likely have been following the saga of the red-bellied woodpecker family in my neighborhood. I became intrigued with this little family a few weeks ago when I heard the constant rat-a-tat-tat of Mr. Red Belly Woodpecker, faithfully hammering away at his new home in the old dead pine tree not far from my home. What was especially interesting was that I could actually hear him working from inside the tree as I took my evening walk. I couldn't see him, but the incessant pecking revealed his location...and the ever increasing hole in the side of the tree became more and more obvious each day.
The top of the tree was missing...
|A closer view of the actual inside of the nest...|
My heart was broken for this sweet little family. I don't know what happened to the eggs or baby birds that were most likely inside this nest. I assume they were blown away when the tree crashed to the ground. This literally made me sick and sad. But I had to move on and get to work. I couldn't spend my day crying over destroyed woodpecker nests. I thought to myself that there are certainly more important issues going on in the world right now than this...so why should I be so affected?
|Sorry this is kind of blurry...it was getting late...but look at the progress he has made!|
|This is an even better view|
|Rat a tat tat|
|Rat a tat tat|
|Checking it out...working on the inside...rat a tat tat!|
|Gotta keep pecking away!|
|He can get his whole head inside the nest now!!!|
|The original woodpecker tree the evening before the storm came|
|Hey! Look at me! I made it! I now have a safe new home inside this tree!!!|
|Gotta get up to the rooftop to view my new kingdom!|
|I'm almost there!|
|Ahhh Yes!!! The view is great from up here!|
|All is well! Now we can wait for the babies to be hatched!|
Probably not the end...so keep watching!