Continuing the theme I started this week (and ending it as well), I offer this photo I took when Flike and I made our walk along the southern property line.
This, as you can see, is the work of a woodpecker, and I’m pretty sure it’s a pileated woodpecker since this is characteristic of their behavior. In fact, when I came upon this, I recalled seeing similar bored trees in this part of my forest in years past. This must be favored territory for them, which is fine since it’s far from the cabin. (Curiously, the times I’ve actually seen pileated woodpeckers, it’s been along my northern property line.)
I don’t know if this is a nesting effort of if it is for drumming out territorial calls or just practice for some juvenile. You see three bored areas here. The top two are not connected within, but the bottom two are. I think that middle hole just might be a nest entrance some day soon. I could revisit this part of the forest the next time I’m at Roundrock, but I can’t be sure I could even find this tree again. Notice how the leaves had not yet come out on the trees and scrub. I’m sure by the next time I get out there (at least three weekends hence), the landscape will look much different with greenery.
(When I look at this photo now, my eyes are drawn to that tiny cedar tree to the left of the tree. I worry that I didn’t take the time to liberate it from its earthly toil while I was there. A good reason to go back.)