Okay, so I don’t know if I could officially call myself a birdwatcher, but I do love birds. They are my favorite wild creature. You know that common question, “If you could have a superpower, what would it be?” I would pick invisibility and or flight. Why? Because birds are amazing.
Every spring at my house we get some sort of nest. Black-capped chickadees and robins are the common bird families that are hosted at my home.
This year, it looks like we have northern flickers. None of my computer friendly cameras are in working condition right now, so I can’t take photos, but I found this excellent documentary detailing what we have to look forward to.
Okay, so yesterday morning I heard what sounded like a woodpecker, and being a bird enthusiast I went to check it out and there was this large brown bird knocking on a tree. I was slightly confused at first, because it didn’t look like any of the woodpeckers with which I had become familiar, and to be honest, it didn’t look like most descriptions or photos of the Northern Flicker. It was dark brown in color and the distinctive marking of the flicker did not become evident until it moved. The way I’ve been describing our avian visitors is “big brown bird with yellow insanity when it flies!” (This description is more effective when accompanied by frenzied jazz hands.)
Anyway, it became apparent that there were two flickers making a hollow in a tree outside of our kitchen window. As the day went on and the flickers worked, they seemed to be disappearing into the tree. Today, they are still at it, but it’s now difficult to actually see the birds, or to know if one is in there, except that every once in a while a spray of woodchips and sawdust shoots out of the new hollow.
I’m looking forward to getting to know these birds over the next few weeks. Fingers-crossed I get a digital camera that works by the time the hatchlings start peeking their heads out of the hollow.