Piliated at the Feeder

Piliated Woodpeckers are pretty rare, except on our property, where we’ve got a few battling for pecking rights.  If you haven’t seen one, they are huge and prehistoric-looking, about the size of a crow.

We’ve got six large dead trees near the house that support all species of local woodpeckers.

This one surprised me … I’ve never seen one on the bird feeder.  It must have thought it found heaven.

The next morning I woke up around 4:00AM to the sound of the wind chime frantically shaking.  I ran downstairs to find a young raccoon wildly swinging on the cage.  It managed, despite  that frenzied rocking, to clean out the entire feeder.

 

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