Friday, May 16, 2008

New Neighbors

A pair of Hairy Woodpeckers has taken up residence in the crabapple tree in our backyard. We first noticed it when a pile of sawdust showed up on the ground below the tree which seemed a bit odd since we hadn't been doing any tree trimming or other woodwork on the backyard. We soon noticed the small hole about 3 1/2 feet from the ground in the dead side of the tree.
The male appeared to do all of the excavation and once he had it all framed and sheet rocked she showed up to direct the painting and interior decorating. When he first started I wasn't even sure he had a mate. Now they are taking turns disappearing into the hole and I suspect they are incubating. We should have chicks in a couple of weeks.

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