"Simple like an uncarved block."
Tao te Ching

"Like an acorn that holds the promise of a thousand forests."

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Here in the woods just off our front porch is a tree whose top broke off some time ago. It became a prime dining table for all the Woodpeckers in the woods.
As you can see here, the master drillers, the Pileated Woodpeckers prepared the table. Their boring into the wood sounds like a jack hammer: rat-a-tat-tat resounds throughout the woods.
Their evidence of dining pleasure is found all through the woods. Their call isn't exactly like Woody Woodpecker, but close enough to let you know they are here.

Today I'm keeping it short and close to the house. We will be away from home after church and I wanted to at least have a little stroll.
For more strolling make a bee line to The Quiet Country House.


Aisling said...

Thanks for the quick stroll.

I saw a red-headed woodpecker on the electrical pole a day or two ago. I don't know how much he was finding in there to eat, but he seemed to stick with it for a while.

Take care!

One Woman's Journey said...

I can hardly wait to see what birds I will see in the country.
Have a great day.

Cloudhands said...

Aisling, I suspect Woodpeckers are savvy about where the bugs are and even treated wood may lose it's protective coating sometimes. Or, the bird just couldn't believe in wood withour bugs. Fun to ponder different story lines.

Cloudhands said...

One Woman,
Oh the birds you will see and hear. What fun awaits you. I'm sure you will enjoy the wonder of each new encounter.

Wendy said...

I love pileated woodpeckers! They look like flying chickens. They're so big!! And their call - it does remind me of woody woodpecker! Thanks for taking us along on your stroll.

Cloudhands said...

Hey Wendy,
I wished I had been able to take a picture of the Pileated, But I haven't seen any since we put the suet feeder away. We ;hear them all the time. In winter they come and hang awkwardly on the basket and get their easy fill of protein. I really enjoy all the birds, but I do enjoy all of the woodpeckers as they gather around the feeders.

Beth Niquette said...

Oh, how very beautiful!

We've seen so many birds we don't usually see...I saw this amazing hummingbird yesterday--bigger than the norm, and it sparkled like copper metal in the sunlight.

It did not come back for me to get a picture of it on our camera!

Thank you for sharing these wonderful phots, and for your very kind comments on my blog.

Gilly said...

Thank you for calling into my blog! Love your photos of the woodpeckers. We don't have the same ones as you, but they make the same noise - and doesn't it just ecno round everywhere!

Those look lovely woods to stroll round!

Everydaywoman said...

It's always wonderful to stroll with you in your "neck of the woods!" What incredible shots!

Hope you enjoyed your day with Flutemaker!


Cloudhands said...

I stumbled onto your site from a visit to Wendy's Fairy blog. I love the domino effect of reading blogs. Thank you for coming by and saying Hello. I just went and grabbed your Unexpected address so I can follow your adventures.

It's a pure delight to have you visit. Thanks for coming by.

Hi Ruth,
Our day was very pleasant even though it had a bittersweet touch with relatives at a funeral home. They had managed to make it a celebration of life, which was special. We had picked up my uncle who no longer drives and took him along. We made a nice day out of it by taking him home the long way around so that he could enjoy the scenery and we enjoyed our time with him. Glad you came by.

Christy said...

Oh, You made me cry when I read your comment to me. You have become my angel and I have love for a complete stranger. You often let me know I am not alone and will never know what that means to me. thank you