Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Knock On Wood!

It is not unusual to see and hear pileated woodpeckers in our yard. Recently, we have been observing one or more knocking on our neighbors' boat barn.

I am always amazed at the strength  of such a large bird. See  how it is  hanging off the side  of the roof by using its claws and stiff tail feathers? I have said, "I'm hanging on by my fingernails!" but that wasn't  what I meant. I am pretty sure that I could not accomplish such a feat with my hands or my feet. And then there is the whole "banging my head against the wall" thing. I don't usually do that literally, as  woodpeckers do.

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