Monday, June 7, 2010
For the last two years we have hosted a family of Hairy Woodpeckers in the crab apple tree in our backyard.
This year we have new tenants in the tree. They moved in over a month ago and did some major remodeling judging from the amount of pecking we heard and sawdust piled under the hole.
The male flicker...
and female Flicker have moved right in and now apparently have small nestlings in the hole. They are an interesting couple - probably generations into a mix of yellow-shafted and red-shafted forms of Flickers like most Flickers around here.
Perhaps this winter the Eastern Screech Owl that occasionally hangs around the back yard will move in but until then I am looking forward to watching this new young family grow.