This, I suspect, is the work of a pileated woodpecker. I’ve seen them in my woods, generally flying away from me, and I’ve heard their cackle and drumming. There are certainly plenty of dead trees in the forest for my woodpeckers to mutilate, and I hope they understand that.
If you look to the left of this tree you can see the Cabin at the End of the Road. I certainly don’t want any woodpeckers deciding they should probe that wood for insects. The house in suburbia suffered some woodpecker damage that needed costly repair, so I’m wary. I’m not sure what, if anything, I can do to prevent that on the cabin though. I’ve moved the bird feeder and suet cage away from the cabin, and I’ve decided I won’t plant any berrying shrubs within range of the cabin either. But without a continuous human presence (and how much difference would that make?) I have to trust to luck and live with the results, whatever they may be.
- Passover (begins evening before)
- Redbuds begin blooming.
- Phoebes return this week.