Who knew that a woodpecker would peck this much wood?
It is always fun to hear a woodpecker in the woods and try to locate him. Most often, this is not an easy task. This winter Pete spotted a Pileated Woodpecker, let’s call him “Chisel.” He was first discovered because the wood chips were flying and the red comb on his head was bobbing up and down furiously. Check out my original post to get in on the beginning of Chisel’s story — Opportunistic Animals’ Winter Eating. There is even a video of him with the wood chips going every which way.
We were surprised to see Chisel had put holes in the above ground root of a balsam fir in our yard. This occurred in January and we resigned ourselves that we would probably lose this tree. That’s ok though.
When we checked out the tree in April after the snow was melted, we discovered that Chisel wasn’t done with the fir in January. He continued to look for food and it appears he even made a nice size nesting hole. We don’t know if he used it or if some other creature used the shelter. Also, there was even more wood shrapnel at the base of the balsam. I hope he found lots of food for all that work!
Toward the end of April, Chisel was spotted in the yard on the opposite side of the house. This time he was hunting higher up in the trees but looked pretty healthy. I sure hope so after all his feeding. We’ll keep an eye out for him and see if we can spot him or his hunting evidence. We certainly wish Chisel happy hunting and hope he will frequent our yard and pick on a few of the already dead trees.
Looks like Chisel’s cousins had happy hunting on this tree.
Next time your walking in the woods, keep your ears open for that rat-a-tat-tat sound of beak on wood.