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Vacation Season

28 Feb

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We’ve doubled down on dawgs..some of our friends and family are away down south so we get to dog-sit. Around the house reading and the dogs kept barking at a noise that sounded like someone knocking on a distant door..so we went out to investigate..

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(..and talk abot copying posts..shim farm had this earlier in the week )..turned out to be a Pleated-Woodpecker. He was flitting from dead tree to dead tree and spending 5 minutes ravaging each. Those guys are BIG..and powerful..2-3 times the size of a regular woodpecker. I had seen one fly over last summer but this was the first chance I got to see one in action. Amazing but it would not let me get close enough for a shot with my camera/phone.

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..and I was taking a look at the deer-hunting stand..needs work ( and I need to close it off my todo list before winter ends) but it was a little too icy and slippery to be up that high..so it will have to wait for a warmer day!

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5 Comments

Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Animals, Construction

 

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5 responses to “Vacation Season

  1. ShimFarm

    February 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

    That dawg photo is a riot…funny how they’re all posed, but not one of them’s sure if they should make the first move. The pileated woodpeckers are pretty amazing to see, and they can sure create a lot of damage in little time. I guess mating season has started LOL.

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      February 28, 2012 at 11:48 am

      yeah..it took me 2 minutes to get them to all sit still for 20 seconds! hehe. Yeah, they really are amazing birds..I was really shocked to see how big they were!

       
  2. kymber

    February 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    the pic of the dogs is hysterical! i have never seen a woodpecker do so much damage – holy crap! nice deer stand, give us an update with more pics of it when you get whatever work done to it.

    your friend,
    kymber

     
  3. jambaloney

    February 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    those dawgs are a hoot!!!

    there are a lot of pileated woodpeckers in the ottawa area, we even had one visit our backyard right in the city… BIG birds they are and they can make a mess for certain!! none in cape breton though.. only red-headed one’s here!!

     
  4. eagergridlessbeaver

    February 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    ..mmm..I assumed it was a pleated…it does range all through NS according to wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pileated_woodpecker)..maybe it was just a mutant..it did seem like he peed radioactive urine! hehe. wahtever it is I hope he/she nests around my house cause they are freaky! hehe..I was really shocked how massive they were..like crow sized!..they must eat alot of carpenter ants!.

    If you guys think that pic is hilarious you should have seen the antics over the last couple of weeks!

     

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