We've had some visitors in the garden during the first week of March. A pair of pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) have been working the remains of an old stump by the herb beds. These photos aren't great, shot through the window screen with my phone, but they record the encounter.

These big birds, about the size of a crow, live mostly on insect grubs and larvae and are prodigious wood miners in search of a meal. If you don't see the bird, you can't miss their workings.


Henry's books.


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