Hello, woodpecker.

Pileated woodpecker on a phone pole
Originally uploaded by mendel

I meant to post this ages ago, but forgot, and only remembered when I was pulling the FreshBooks Festivus pictures off of my phone.

I was walking along a street near Bridgehead in Hintonburg in early December and heard a CLONK CLONK CLONK CLONK right beside me. I turned, and saw a tiny woodpecker head peeking around the telephone pole at me!

When I’d come close to the pole, he’d clawed his way around behind it and was patiently waiting for me to move on. As I walked away he came back around the pole and started working again. If I came closer he’d go back around and peek out.

The hole was probably two inches deep and an inch around. Can’t be good for the phone pole. At first I figured he was looking for bugs for food, but it turns out that the drumming is how he lets female woodpeckers in the area know that he’s here and lookin’.

You go, Mr. Woodpecker.

4 responses to “Hello, woodpecker.”

  1. Hah, no, he’s an ACTUAL-SIZE woodpecker. But when I first saw him, he was hiding behind the pole and only peeking out enough of his head for one beady little bird-eye to see me. I didn’t have my phone out yet to take pictures, though.

    (Tiny woodpecker-head!)

  2. that’s the kind of surprise i like when i’m walking down the street! haha great!

    (and of course i meant to say, ‘that’s a tiny WOODPECKER’. :D