Last Saturday at the Circle B Bar Reserve, I heard a familiar drumming sound as I passed a dead tree. In previous years, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers have made their nests inside this particular tree, and I’ve enjoyed watching the cavity hole as food is brought in for the babies. So I stopped to watch the old hole, but after a few minutes, I hadn’t seen the bird stick his head out. Occasionally, though, little bits of sawdust would be tossed down from above. So I moved to a different angle and started watching a bit higher up the tree. Soon I had photographic evidence of the new hole being dug for this year’s babies:
I wonder how long it will be before eggs are laid in this new cavity? Best wishes for a healthy brood of babies, Mr. Woodpecker!
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