24 April 2010

A tree for woodpeckers


I photographed this pockmarked dead tree in the park near my house a couple of weeks ago. The numerous holes decorating its trunk are undoubtedly the creations of woodpeckers.

A cluster of holes were only a meter or so above the ground. I've never seen a woodpecker pecking on a tree that close to the ground. But, perhaps they do that when they know there is no nearby predator.

1 comment:

Lisa M. said...

The holes look pretty big - do you have pileated woodpeckers near you? That's a big enough bird that it probably wouldn't have too much to fear in the way of predators.
Lisa (chiroxiphia)