Skip to main content

Who's a Pretty Bird?

"If you consider yourself lucky to have your very own woodpecker nesting hole in your siding, you may want to watch the woodpeckers perform courtship behavior, copulations, and drumming behavior, as these usually take place in close vicinity to the nesting site. Later on, after the eggs hatch, you may be able to see the adults bringing food to the young. Eventually, you may catch sight of your very own nestling peering out at you from the pocket in your house while begging and crying to be fed. Vigilant watchers may even be able to witness the fledging of the young, and to feel proud knowing that they had, in some small part, helped in the rearing of these birds." 

Aww... how sweet.  Well, according to this website, anyway, "it can be fun and informative to observe... some exciting territorial or breeding behaviors without having to trek through the woods as many people are inclined to do."

We're thinking no, thanks.  Guess we'll be hanging up some weird-looking foil in our front yard and calling an exterminator to make double-triple sure that there are no underlying insect problems.  We haven't seen anything unusual, but it can't hurt to be positive.  I'm sure it will cost us more than two pennies, but there you go.

I heard a woodpecker from inside the house and it sounds like a large cat or dog thunking about and upsetting furniture from inside.  Nothing like what it must sound like from the outside... but I saw the woodpecker fly away when I popped outdoors to investigate.  Here's what he looked like.  Actually I'm suspicious that it's a SHE, but not sure.  Scroll around for video and sound.  :)


  1. We had one of these in Tuxedo Park. Didn't find any bugs .. but it destroyed one piece of wood siding. It disappeared after we painted the house. Maybe a dab of paint on the board will do the trick!

  2. We have a woodpecker that comes around every Fall and beats his head against the flashing on the roof. It reverberates down the chimney and sounds like the fireplace was going to blow up. I think he's looking for a girlfriend. The first year we lived here, we did not know what it was and were freaked out for several days until I went outside and saw him. We like him now, though.

    Stupid nature.

  3. Paint sounds like a relatively inexpensive option - that may be worth a try. We have migrating woodpeckers show up around our cabin in the fall, and they are huge - at least triple the size of those cute red headed ones - and green. Fascinating, really, until they start boring baseball sized holes in our walls!


Post a Comment

Non-troll comments always welcome! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK. 

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series. 

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

 All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap! 

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.  

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D! 

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics: