“Rat taa taa taat!”
Me: *yawn* Wat wassat?!
I looked at my alarm clock ~ not due yet ~ OK, false alarm (pun intended).
Head went back down to my comfortable pillow, eyelids slowly came down.
Then again “Rat taa taa taat!”
Now I’m wide awake!!
By the back door, what I saw made me quickly run back in to grab my camera and then slowly, very stealthily, creep back out again to try my luck to get a few shots.
There was Mr P Woodpecker (different from the the Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers, who love our front yard oak tree). He was pecking away at (of all things) my bathouse! The bathouse, being hollow, of course made an extra loud “Rat taa taa taat!” compared to a tree trunk, no wonder it woke me up.
He’s a big one ~ about 20″ tall, while standing vertical on the bathouse, that is.
That’s 1 handsome bird!
Look at those eyes!
Want to see his head rattle and hear his wake-up call?
Ever seen a Woodpecker chick?
The Young One…
I can’t tell if it’s male or female (yet) but adult Woodpeckers in the area stand out with their red head feathers.
Early morning backyard activity ~ Woody jr. getting his breakfast while I walk around with my cuppa coffee in hand.
I have 2 Woodpeckers about to set up house on (or should I say in?) my old oak tree. I just can’t wait to have Woodpecker chicks chirping away in my front yard.
Construction of main entrance is ongoing …
Mrs. Woody is in charge
Mr & Mrs Woody Woodpecker
She just kept pecking away and as the hole got bigger, she stuffed it with some moss and actually brought seeds from the birdfeeder to the future nest.
There she is on the birdfeeder.
Back to the nest to dump her seed(s), to build up food supply.
As a child, I only knew woodpeckers in the cartoon form and their rat-tat-tat pecking sounds always made me laugh. Today, I sit silently on my porch and watch real life woodpeckers making that sound and it simply brings joy that such beautiful birds have found sanctuary & are about to set up their nest in the garden.
Yes, it seems like a whole “Life Cycle” has occurred. Maybe my fixation on Woody Woodpecker and his rat-tat-rat on tv was déjà vu.
For the last week I have seen Woody and his wife hopping around our old oak tree and many a time hear that familiar loud “rat tat tat tat” pecking on wood and sometimes even on our metal gutter! 2 days ago ~ only gentle “peck peck peck“. I see them but don’t hear their loud theme song and something tells me they’ve set up home, yes, a hole in one of the branches.
Mrs Woody ~ she’s actually quite calm now when I’m under the tree.
Mrs performing her morning routine.
I see them eating from the feeder so I guess they like the seeds I put there but they still stick to their balanced diet and both go insect and ant hunting as a couple.
Mr & Mrs Woody Woodpecker looking for fresh “meat”.
How on earth did I ever become a bird & insect watcher??!
Old age! It has to be due to old age!
I think Woody and his family got a bit tired looking for bugs. Lately they have been hovering around my Old Oak Tree and yesterday I found out why. As I sat on the porch with only my cellphone, I decided cellpics will be better than no pics.
Not pecking on the tree
My presence 15ft away not a problem
Checking out food level
Birdseeds will do (for now)